Lead Governor – ‘a difficult act to follow’

Thursday October 15, 2015

 PR032 - Lead Governor Margaret Bamford and Vicki King - 151015The Lead Governor for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust welcomed her successor at a meeting of the Council of Governors at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, on 13 October.

Margaret Bamford wished new Lead Governor Vicki King well, and said to the council: “I am really proud to be associated with this hospital Trust which is managed by a group of people all of whom are extraordinarily able and hard working.

“I admire their grasp of the enormous and numerous complex issues which they have to deal with on a day to day basis, but especially that at the heart of everything they do, is a commitment to always try and make things better for patients.”

The Governors act as a link between the Trust’s 7,500 members and the Trust Board, representing local views while also being a critical friend to the organisation, which runs St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals in West Sussex.

Margaret has also been instrumental in the development of Welcome Home Packs, enlisting the support of local supermarkets to provide goods to help older patients settle back home better after discharge from hospital.

After two years in the voluntary role of Lead Governor, Margaret will stand down at the end of October, but continue as an elected public governor, representing people in Arun.

Vicki King, an elected public governor representing Chichester, is a retired microbiologist who has given voice to patients’ views at various health bodies over the past few years.

She said: “Margaret has been a brilliant Lead Governor and she will be a difficult act to follow, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

“Western Sussex is a very high performing trust and I think all the governors feel very strongly that we want to support the work that the Trust is doing to make things better for patients.”

Following elections over the summer, four new public governors were also welcomed to the council: Maggie Burgess (Chichester); Dr John Bull (Worthing); John Thompson (Arun); and Jill Long (Arun).

The next meeting of the Council of Governors, which is open to the public, is scheduled to take place on 21 January, 2016, at 9.30am in the Denhman Room, Conference Centre, Worthing College, 1 Sanditon Way, Worthing, BN14 9FD.

If you would like to raise an issue with your local Trust Governor or simply ask a question, you can email governors@wsht.nhs.uk.

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