Meet Our Governours - Ryedale and East Yorkshire
Jeanette had a career as a nurse in the NHS, latterly as a Diabetes Specialist. She is committed to obtaining the best health care services for the people of Ryedale and East Yorkshire. Since her election as a Governor in 2012, she has worked to ensure the Trust fulfils its commitment to put patients at the centre of all it does. Jeanette finds the role of Public Governor very rewarding.
By attending meetings and various groups Jeanette has been able to see how the Board of Directors make strategic plans and implements them. The quarterly Council of Governors meeting provides an opportunity to receive reports and to question the Chief Executive and other senior staff.
Jeanette is a member of the Governors Community Services Group, which reviews the service delivery particularly the new developments. These become ever more significant with the pressing need for collaborative working between Health and Social care. Jeanette is also a member of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee, which were responsible for appointing the current Trust Chair.
Jeanette chairs the Derwent Surgery Patient Group meetings in Ryedale and attends the Scarborough & Ryedale CCG Patient Group, where there is an opportunity to present the views and concerns of patients and their families.
She has been a Governor for the Ryedale area since September 2012 and has experience of over 20 years working within the community on various patient groups, hospices and inspections which helps her to fulfil her role.
As a Governor she has been invited to sit on various groups enabling her to be involved in the work of the Trust. She sits on the Derwent Surgery Patient Group which offers feedback to the Trust from various residents in Ryedale, the Transport Group which involves ensuring patients and families know of the various concessions available for long term illnesses and finding ways of helping patients access all our hospitals in a more efficient way.
Sheila has also taken part in PLACE inspections which help to ensure the environment, cleanliness and food offered to patients in all our hospitals is the best possible standard. Sheila also sits on the Annual Plan Group which comments on the Trust’s strategy.
She monitors any plans for Malton Hospital and the community services in Ryedale.
For the past four years Andrew has served as a public governor at York Teaching Hospitals representing the Selby constituency. He has recently moved to Malton and is looking forward to representing the Ryedale constituency.
During His time as Governor he took a special interest in scrutinising the trust’s finances and annual reports to Parliament. He was the chairman of the Trust’s Constitutional Review Committee, which ensured the trust’s constitution remained compliant with new legislation. He was also a member of the appointment panels for the Trust’s Medical Director and Chairperson.
Over the past four years as a governor he feels one thing has been utterly clear – Our NHS is financially strained and will be for years to come. Governments, commissioners, regulators and NHS England will push to centralise services. It will be down to local Governors to work with the Trust to push back and show that a good NHS is one that invests in local community services to help people avoid unnecessary inpatient stays.
One of the best developments he has seen at the Trust has been the development of moving elective orthopaedic services from Scarborough to Bridlington hospital. By utilizing the Trust’s estate in this way, more bed space is available at Scarborough and Bridlington has a new, high quality service running from it. Andrew will be pushing to see how the Malton Hospital estate could be better used to improve services.