The Council of Governors

Our Council of Governors is the voice of local people and is responsible for helping to set the direction and shape the future of the hospital based on members’ views.

Interested in becoming a governor?

The Council of Governors is made up of people who have joined as members of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and have been elected to stand on the council of governors by their fellow members. There are 16 patient and public governor seats on the council.

There are six staff governors’ seats which are elected by staff and cover all staff groups at the hospital.

There are seven governors’ seats which are nominated from partner organisations such as Barnsley Council, Barnsley College, NHS Barnsley and Voluntary Action Barnsley.

Whilst the Trust is managed by the Board of Directors, the Board is accountable to the Council of Governors.

What does a Governor do?

As a governor, you can give as much or as little time as you can spare. You can also support a range of activities across the hospital including:

  • Having a say in the hospital’s future plans
  • Representing patients, staff and public
  • Improving access and patient communications
  • Providing consultation and involvement
  • Focusing on environmental issues and hospital resources
  • Encouraging more people to become Trust members
  • Appointing the Trust’s external auditors
  • Appointing non-executive directors

Want to know more?

Contact the Governors’ office on 01226 435000 or email: barnsleynhsft.governors@nhs.net.