Governor Elections 2018

Governor Elections 2018

Our service uses, carers, staff and members of the public have the chance to influence the way your health services are run by becoming Governors for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Mersey Care is a foundation trust which remains part of the NHS but is answerable to local people who can become members and governors. 

NHS foundation trusts share all the same values, quality and safety standards as NHS trusts, but they are ‘owned’ by their members who elect a Council of Governors to represent the views of members, patients, staff, partner organisations and the public. This means that the Council of Governors is an important link between our local communities and staff, and the Board of Directors, which has the responsibility of running the organisation and preparing the Trust’s strategy. The Council of Governors works alongside the Board of Directors to help local communities and staff have a greater say in the strategic direction of the Trust, and how services are developed and delivered by the Trust.

Our Council of Governors which has a number of statutory duties and is responsible for ensuring that community views are considered when Trust decisions are made and services are developed. More information about the role is available here.

We currently have 11 vacancies on the Council of Governors as follows:

  • Public constituency – total of 6 vacant seats
    • 4 vacant seats in Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley
    • 1 vacant seat in Ribble Valley
    • 1 vacant seat in Rest of England and Wales
  • Service user and carer constituency – total of 3 vacant seats
  • Staff constituency – total of 2 vacant seats
    • 1 vacant seat for nursing staff
    • 1 vacant seat for other clinical, scientific, technical and therapeutic staff.

Nominations to stand as a governor for Mersey Care NHS FT have now closed. The election will run from 21 August 2018 to 12 September 2018.

Mersey Care is running a series of events where people can find out more about becoming a Governor. These will take place as follows:

 Governor Awareness Sessions – July 2018




Open to:

Thursday 19 July

MCFT V7 Building
Kings Business Park
L34 1PJ

2.30 to 4.00

All members

Friday 20 July

MCFT Whalley Boardroom
Mitton Road

10.00 to 11.30

All members

Tuesday 24 July

Quaker House
22 School Lane
L1 3BT

2.00 to 3.30

All members

Wednesday 25 July

AGM Aintree Racecourse
Ormskirk Road
L9 5AS

12.30 to 2.00

All members – informal chat to Governors

Friday 27 July

Life Rooms
Evered Road
L9 2AF

10.00 to 11.30

2.00 to 3.30

All members

Monday 30 July

Kuumba Imani  
4 Princes Road
L8 1TH

2.00 to 3.30

All members

Tuesday 31 July

Life Rooms
23-25 Scarisbrick Avenue Southport

10.00 to 11.30

All members

To attend, please contact the Membership Office on 0151 471 2303/ 0151 473 2778 or email  

If you are unable to attend but want further information, contact the Membership Office on the above details.

Members this is your opportunity to join in and make your voice heard. We have ambitious plans for the Trust - but we need your support to make them happen.


I'm interested in becoming a governor. What do I do next?

The nomination process for members to stand as governors runs from 17 July 2018 to 1 August 2018. The election will run from 21 August 2018 to 11 September 2018. The declaration of results will be available after 12 September 2018.

You will need to complete the nomination form and submit it by the closing date Wednesday 1 August 2018. The nomination form and our governor awareness pack are available:

Nominations have now closed, the Statement of Candidates is available here

You will need to be a member in order to stand for the next election. If you are not currently a member but would like to be please click here.