Governor Elections 2020

Our service uses, carers, staff and members of the public have the opportunity 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 will shortly have eight vacancies on the Council of Governors as follows:

  • Public constituency – total of two vacant seats
    • one vacant seat in Ribble Valley
    • one vacant seat in Rest of England and Wales
  • Service user and carer constituency – total of two vacant seats
  • Staff constituency – total of four vacant seats
    • one vacant seat for medical staff
    • two vacant seat for nursing staff
    • one vacant seat for other clinical, scientific, technical and therapeutic staff.

Nominations to stand as a governor for Mersey Care NHS FT closed on Monday 17 August 2020. 

See the election timetable below:


Publication of Notice of Election

Thursday 30 July 2020

Deadline for Receipt of


Monday 17 August 2020

Publication of Statement of


Tuesday 18 August 2020

Deadline for Candidate Withdrawals


Thursday 20 August 2020

Last Day for Notice of Poll/ Issue

of Ballot Packs

Thursday 3 September2020

Close of Poll – 5pm

Thursday 24 September 2020

Declaration of Result

Friday 25 September 2020



Mersey Care will be holding two online governor awareness events where people can find out more about becoming a Governor. These will take place on:

  • Wednesday 5 August 2020 from 3pm to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 August 2020 from 11am to 12.30pm

To attend either of these events, please contact the Membership Office on 0151 471 2303/ 0151 473 2778 or email   detailing which event you wish to take part in, your name,  phone number and email address. Joining instructions will be sent out to you by email before the date.

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.