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Governor FAQs

Why become a Governor

Governors play an important role in the effective governance and leadership of our Trust and in the health services it provides.  They represent the views of the local people and help hold the Trust responsible for its performance.  More details are outlined at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-foundation-trust-governors-a-brief-guide-to-your-duties

How much time does it take?

Governors are expected to attend the formal Council of Governor meetings held generally four times a year. It is expected that Governors will prepare by reading reports and preparing questions. These meetings last approximately four hours, and include time when members can talk to their local Governors. 

There are also two special meetings per year where Governors can meet privately with the Board of Directors, plus four meetings where Governors meet with other Governors.

Governors may also choose to become a member of one of the sub-committees or working groups.  These groups meet at regular intervals, generally not more than six times during a year. 

There is also the opportunity to attend patient-related events, membership recruitment days, and the Annual Members Meeting. Meetings are usually held at Malton, York or Scarborough and travel expenses are reimbursed.

Many Governors say how they enjoy the role and find it rewarding. Governors must have enough time to fulfil the duties of the governing body.

Do I need any special skills?

All types of people can become Governors, with the exception of a disqualified person (disqualification includes; bankruptcy or recent criminal convictions). No special qualifications are required, but you must:

  • Be a member of the Trust. Click here to join.
  • Be over the age of 16.
  • Live in the locality you wish to represent.
  • Have an interest in the health service.
  • Be willing to act in the best interests of the Trust, and abide by the values of the Trust and Nolan principles of public life.
  • Have good interpersonal skills as you will need to talk to others.

Governors have to be able to challenge Non-executive Directors and some of the Executive Directors to ensure they are doing their job properly, so it could be useful to have some skills you may have developed at work, as a volunteer, or in your personal life, such as reading reports and working with others.

How do I become a Governor

From around July each year the election process begins and we advertise the upcoming vacancies via the Trust website, by email, via social media and through Membership Matters. Information is given about the election process and how you can nominate yourself.

The role is for a period of 3 years and will begin on 1st October each year.  Upon election, Governors may serve a maximum of 9 years.

If you are not yet a Trust member and would like to join please click here to complete an application form.


If you require any further information then please contact Lynda Provins, FT Secretary, at lynda.provins@york.nhs.uk.


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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.


Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time https://bit.ly/39ANleP


Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.


Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.


Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.