This page is designed to give you an insight into the role of our governors.
You can hear from some of our current governors in the short films below where they discuss their experience, why they became a governor and what they find most rewarding.
Governor experience – attendance at a quality improvement event.
I attended a two-day workshop Improvement Event at Morton Park Business Centre on 23 – 24 November regarding the Durham and Darlington Locality. The workshop was geared towards developing a group/framework that ensures a service user and carer voice for every important decision within the Durham and Darlington locality.
This in turn enables the governance and planning arrangements to move through necessary levels of involvement and co-production. The event was excellently facilitated by Lorraine Ferrier and Fran Bergin who informed everyone from the outset that it would be a full hands-on couple of days – and they remained true to their word.
As the only Governor in attendance alongside service users, carers and NHS professionals, I had initial fears that I might have been out of my depth and my comfort zone and would offer little in terms of involvement. However, such trepidation was quickly erased as it turned out to be two worthwhile, enjoyable, beneficial and extremely professionally handled days, feelings that were emphasised by everyone at the end of the event.
To any governors or service users/carers offered a similar opportunity to attend such courses, I would recommend them.
A lot of professional expertise was on hand across the spectrum over the two days which definitely highlighted that glasses were half full in the quest to deliver high standard, first class services and provide assurance on the quality of these services.”