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Our Governors

Our Council of Governors acts as a link between service users, carers, staff, the general public and the Trust's Board of Directors.

They support the Board of Directors in setting the long-term vision for our organisation, and hold the non-executive directors to account for the actions of the Board. Our Board of Directors has a duty to consult, and listen to the views of, the Council of Governors.

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Rawle Ragoobar

Job title Staff Governor

I am a Mental Health Nurse and have worked in SLaM for almost 20 years. During this time I worked across all of 4 main sites, I worked as a Practice Development Nurse in Episode Psychosis, Psychiatric Intensive Care Services (PICU) as a ward manager, I'm also a former PSTS Tutor. I’m originally from Trinidad and I live in the community I serve. During my time in SLaM I worked with service users, families and staff from many different disciplines, bands, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I experienced first-hand many of the challenges faced on a daily basis. I have been working with the Staff Support Team as the Deputy Lead for five years.

My current role involves coordinating and facilitating various staff support spaces including Critical Incident Staff Support (CISS), Emotional Emancipation Circles (EEC), Schwartz Rounds, Shift Reflection and other reflective spaces across the organisation. In these spaces I have the privilege to hear directly from staff across the organisation and challenges they face. As a Staff governor I feel I am in a good position to ask the relevant and difficult but important questions to seek assurance and ensure our leaders are held to account. I have always had a passion for improving ALL staff experience across the organisation and I strongly believe if we look after ALL of our staff, they will be happier at work and be in a better place to provide high quality care.

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Contact your governors

If you have a question for your governors, please email governors@slam.nhs.uk

The Council of Governors is made up of:

  • Appointed members from organisations that the Trust works with
  • People who use the Trust's services elected by our membership
  • Carers of people who use the Trust's services elected by our membership
  • Members of the public elected by our membership
  • Members of staff elected by our membership

The Council's responsibilities include:

  • Appointing the Chair and other non-executive directors
  • Removing, if three quarters of the council of governors decide that it is necessary, the chair or other non-executive directors
  • Approving, by a majority, the appointment of the Chief Executive by the non-executive directors
  • Appointing or removing the Trust's auditor
  • Supporting and engaging with the Trust board
  • Holding the non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Trust Board
  • Representing the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public
  • Approving 'significant transactions'
  • Deciding whether non-NHS work would significantly impact on the Trust's core role
  • Approving, by an overall majority, an application by the Trust to enter into a merger, acquisition, separation or dissolution
  • Approving amendments to the Trust's constitution

Governors review

The governors review includes information about the role of governors and their activities over the preceding year:
Governors review 2021-22

Governors review 2020-21

How to become a governor

Governors are elected to the Council of Governors from the public, service user, carer and staff constituencies. Elected governors serve a three-year term on the Council of Governors. Governors are also appointed by partner organisations. 

If you are interested in becoming a governor, vacancies will be advertised here or you can contact us to find our more via governors@slam.nhs.uk

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