Mrs Jean Arrowsmith
I completed my nurse training at Warwick hospital and over the years have maintained my full commitment to South Warwickshire University Foundation Trust. More recently I have enjoyed my role of hospital governor working to help ensure that the care provided is the ‘best it can be’.
I believe that the governor role is important in helping to ensure that the community are represented fully at all levels. During my six years I have been Chair of the Patient Care Committee; a member of the Clinical Governance Committee where senior clinicians discuss important strategic and clinical issues; served as a member of the Nomination and Renumeration committee tasked with providing assurance in terms of recruitment and appraisal of the Trust Chair and Non-Executive Board. I regularly attend the monthly Board meetings and Governor development sessions.
I have enjoyed a varied clinical career that has included ward sister, Research and Development nurse and Clinical Effectiveness manager in both Coventry and Rugby hospitals always focusing on ensuring that care is the best it can be. I currently work for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services helping them to develop services targeted at the most vulnerable; helping to keep people safe from harm and living independently in their own home. I have really enjoyed my role of hospital governor and hope you feel able to vote for me to remain as a governor and continue the important role of providing assurance and a voice for our local community.
I had the privilege of being elected as a foundation Governor in 2009 and then served on the governing
body for some seven years but did not stand for re-election in 2016 as a result of pressure of other duties. During that time I was chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and helped to appoint the Chairman and Directors of the Trust throughout that period.
I practice locally as a Solicitor throughout my career and also served as HM Coroner for Warwickshire for some 25 years in total as well as serving as a District and Town Councillor in Keniworth for many years. I believe this varied experience and knowledge of the local area should be of value to the Trust.
Further, I now know that I will have the time available that the post of governor requires and would love to have the privilege of giving that time to the Trust, which provides one, if not the most important service in our area. We are all fortunate to have a good hospital service within our district and I would wish to give such support as I am able to maintain that good and efficient care.
Since retiring I have been involved in voluntary work in the local community, the most recent being connected to the NHS. For 11 years I was a carer to a family member. On several occasions during the last 18 months I have been visiting a patient in Warwick Hospital. During this time I became aware of the workings of various departments.
I am a resident of Kenilworth and belong to two local organisations. I believe I could bring to the role of governor open-mindedness, willingness to question, good questioning skills, good listening skills, preparedness to learn, ability to weigh up different opinions/arguments, confidence to speak up on behalf of others, a strong conviction in the NHS, realisation that I may be wrong, the importance of being open and honest and not shying away from aggressive confrontation but seeking amicable dialogue.
I have no professional financial qualifications nor experience as a Governor of any organisation although for 3 years was Director of a voluntary service. The only degree I have is one of common sense.