Council of Governors

A driving force behind NHS Foundation Trusts is the active participation of local members of the public, patients and staff through the Council of Governors. The involvement of governors brings improvements to the quality of patient care.

Members of our NHS Foundation Trust also have the opportunity to stand for election to the Council of Governors which helps to shape the services we provide and reflects the needs and priorities of our patients, staff and local communities. There are 23 elected and appointed Governors on the Council.

Who can be a Governor?

Any member can nominate themselves for publicised Governor vacanies in their own constituency. Elections are held most years with the term of office for a governor being three years.


  • 1 Patient Govenor
    • 1

  • 6 Staff Governors
    • 1 Medical/dental
    • 2 Nursing/midwifery
    • 1 Clinical/scientific/technical
    • 2 Other

  • 4 Stakeholder Governors
    • 1 from Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
    • 1 from Local Authority (Gloucestershire County Council)
    • 1 from Healthwatch Gloucestershire
    • 1 Vacancy

What does it mean to be a Governor?

As a Governor you will:

  • be invited to attend six Council of Governors meetings per year
  • be consulted on plans for changes to the health service locally
  • be consulted about any areas of special interest that you have
  • be prepared to meet with and speak to Members in your constituency to hear their views
  • receive user friendly information to keep you up to date with the work of the Trust
  • appoint the Chair and NonExecutive Directors of the Trust and approve the appointment of the Chief Executive.

Is there anything else I need to know?

  • You will receive mileage and car parking expenses but not a salary
  • The Term of Office will normally be for three years initially and for a maximum of three terms
  • You can nominate yourself to be a Governor
  • Governors will not receive a 'dividend', bonus or any special NHS treatment
  • You don't need to have experience of formal meetings. Training and support will be provided
  • Some conditions prohibit election as a Governor for a few people


How do I become a Governor?

You must already be a Member. If you are not yet a Member sign up now

Full information on the role of the Governor and a nomination form is contained in our Governor pack.

To receive your Governor pack contact us stating your full name and address:

Freephone 0800 019 3303

Email us

or write to freepost:
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust,
Freepost NAT 7247
GL53 7BR

Please indicate if you are a member of staff of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust

Any information given to the Trust in connection with the NHS Foundation Trust status will only be used for that purpose. Names of Members will be included on a public register. No other personal details will be released to a third party without your written authority. The information will be stored and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998