The election results to the members’ council of the Royal Free’s new foundation trust are complete. Eleven members of the public, eight patients and six members of staff have been elected. They, together with 12 stakeholder organisations, will work alongside the board of directors in the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust.
The elections took place between 29 November and 19 December and were held in preparation for the formal establishment of foundation trust status, due to be authorised next year.
The public, patient and staff members were elected by the membership of the new foundation trust, which now totals about 8,500. The single transferable vote system was used.
“I’m delighted that we now know who will be helping us realise all the opportunities that foundation trust status will bring,” said Andrew Way, chief executive. “The changes we have made in our hospitals over the past two years are designed to put patients at the centre of our services. We were delighted when this was reflected in an excellent rating from the Healthcare Commission recently. But we know that we’re still far from perfect and our members’ views and feedback will help take us to the next stage.”
Pam Chesters, trust chair, who will also chair the members’ council, said: “We had more than 200 people standing as candidates in these elections, which shows the level of interest our patients and local people have in our hospitals.”
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