Become a governor at your local hospital


Would you like more influence in the way Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie are run? Could you represent the views of local people to its board of directors?


If you answered yes, perhaps you could be one of Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust's new governors.

Nominations are open from today and candidates have until Thursday 9 April to submit their nomination.  The Trust is seeking eight governors in total, three each from the public and patient groups and two to represent staff.

You don’t need to have any prior knowledge of the NHS or management to become a Governor – just a passion for improving healthcare in the community and upholding CUH’s values of being kind, safe and excellent.    

Daryl Brown, who has been a governor since 2011 and lead governor from March last year, says it is a great opportunity to serve the community.

He said: “For me, being a governor gives you an incredible insight into the complex workings of one of the world’s leading hospitals – from world-leading research to progressive healthcare. As a governor you can help shape CUH as it grows to meet the challenges of the future.

“I’ve been a passionate advocate for a hospital which has cared for my family and friends over the years. I’ve always been impressed with the quality of care from these incredible hospitals and as a governor from May 2011 and lead from March 2014, it’s great to be able to give something back.”

Potential candidates can learn more about the role of a governor and the election process at events in the boardroom at CUH Monday 16 March and on Tuesday 22 March in Room 9 at The Deakin Centre. Early booking is advised.

On Wednesday 6 May, there is a ‘Meet the Candidates’ event which is immediately prior to the ‘Medicine for Members’ lecture, where the speaker will be one of CUH's partnership governors, Professor Andrew Lever of Cambridge University. Meet the Candidates is open to anyone who wishes to chat to prospective governors before casting their vote.  

If you would like to apply to become a governor or want any further information, please contact the Trust’s  Membership Office on 01223 256256 or emailing All nominations forms must be completed and returned by 12 noon on Thursday 9 April 2015.

About Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH)

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is one of the largest and best known hospitals in the country. As well as delivering care through Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie, it is also:

  • a leading national centre for specialist treatment for rare or complex conditions
  • a government-designated biomedical research centre
  • one of only five academic health science centres in the UK
  • a university teaching hospital with a worldwide reputation
  • a partner in the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

CUH’s vision is to be one of the best academic healthcare organisations in the world.

Our values as an NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust’s values Safe, Kind Excellent underpin every aspect of work in the Trust and set our behavioural standards not just to our patients but to each other as colleagues… our values are a moral compass. They inform the Trust’s policies, procedures, leadership development, employment contracts and recruitment and retention strategies, and the corporate governance of the Trust is guided by these values. These values were developed by our staff and patients. They create the conditions for a consistently high-quality patient and staff experience at CUH and support the delivery of our Quality Strategy.

Our purpose and resolution
 Innovation and excellence in health and care

The Trust’s vision informs and guides its strategic direction, the delivery of care and the development of the organisation.

Our core purpose is to provide excellent healthcare services for our patients, to strengthen our standards and quality of care and constantly to strive to improve efficiency and productivity.

Our resolution is to be an organisation of innovation and excellence in health and care.

The Trust has five priorities which it is working on to achieve this:

  • improving the experience of patients
  • improving patient care and safety
  • ensuring clinical excellence and effectiveness
  • valuing our staff and partners
  • striving for innovation in all we do

The criteria for membership Constituencies are:

  • Patient members – Anyone who is a patient or has been a patient at any time in the past is eligible, regardless of their home address. Carers are also eligible to join this constituency.
  • Public members – Anyone who lives in the following catchment areas:
    • Cambridge City Council (All Wards)
    • East Cambridgeshire District Council (All Wards)
    • South Cambridgeshire District Council (All Wards)
    • Uttlesford District Council (Selected Wards – Ashdon, Clavering Littlebury, Newport, Saffron Walden Audley, Saffron Walden Castle, Saffron Walden Castle, Saffron Walen Shire, The Chesterfords, The Eastons, The Sampfords, Wenden Lofts, Wimbish and Debden, Thaxted)
    • East Hertfordshire District Council (Selected Wards – Buntingford, Braughing and Mundens and Cottered)
    • North Hertfordshire District Council (Selected Wards – Ermine, Royston Palace, Royston Meridian and Royston Heath)
    • St Edmondsbury Borough Council (Selected Wards – Withersfield, Haverhill North, Haverhill South, Haverhill East, Haverhill West, Kedington)
    • Forest Heath District Council (Selected Wards – All Saints, Exning, Severals and St Mary’s)
    • Braintree (One Ward – Bumpstead) 
  • Staff Members – All staff who are on a permanent contract (or at least one year’s duration) who have a box number address at work, unless they have decided to opt out, plus Trust volunteers.


Mark Dwyer| Media Relations Manager
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Cambridge University Hospitals is one of the largest and best known trusts in the country. As the local hospital for our community we deliver care through Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust