Governors - Elections Archive

Stand for election and help shape local health services

If you want a say in how community health services are provided in Dorset, you can stand for election to become a local NHS governor next month.

Dorset HealthCare is holding elections to its Council of Governors in September. There are seven seats up for grabs to members of the public – two representing Bournemouth, two representing Poole, and three representing the Dorset and Rest of England constituency.

We need people who are passionate about healthcare to stand for election and help us develop services that meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Dorset HealthCare is the biggest NHS organisation in the county, with more than 5,500 staff running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient mental health units and a host of community-based services.

We were recently rated “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission – the first trust of our kind in the South to achieve this.

Elected governors represent the views of local people about our services, as well as raise concerns, inform decision making, help set Trust priorities and hold the Board of Directors to account. They are also ambassadors for Dorset HealthCare, promoting our work in the community.

You would typically expect to commit around two days a month to being a Governor, which might involve Council meetings, working groups, reading, visits and meetings with members.

Lead Governor Jan Owens said: “We are looking for people from all walks of life. You don’t need any special experience; just enthusiasm, time and a genuine interest in the work of the Trust.”

All candidates must be aged 11 or over, live within the constituency they would represent and be a member of Dorset HealthCare. Joining the Trust as a member is free, quick and easy.

Nominations must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, 9 September. For more details, including a list of all the vacant seats, and to obtain a nomination form go to

To find out more about the election process or the role of a Governor, contact Membership Manager Jacqueline Stratford on 01202 277004.