Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust works with UK Engage to conduct internal electionsFAIR & TRANSPARENT INTERNAL ELECTIONS ARE CONDUCTED FOR A NUMBER OF GOVERNOR POSITIONS
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust delivers acute healthcare services to the people of North Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire. It employs around 4,000 staff, they are one of the largest employers in Northamptonshire and has been a Foundation Trust since 2008. The Trust’s Constitution and Model Rules determine the powers and duties of the Directors and Council of Governors.
To ensure a robust, independent and accountable process, Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust turned to election partners UK Engage to run its internal governor elections to determine Lead and Deputy Lead Governors, in addition to Board and Governor Committee and Remuneration Group positions. As there were no standard operating procedures in place for these types of elections, UK Engage and the Trust Secretary created a schedule of processes and a timeline to meet the Trust’s requirement for a fair and transparent process. UK Engage developed a solution that allowed Governors to nominate and vote.
An entirely paperless process was developed for Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, according to the agreed timetable. UK Engage ran the nominations and ballot, setting up an online solution that enabled Governors to nominate themselves and view background information about each position. There were 18 Governors eligible to vote for each of the vacant positions. In the eventuality of a tied vote, a process was agreed upon beforehand, which indicated that contests were to be re-opened as a run-off ballot. All votes were cast via UK Engage’s secure online voting platform and access details were distributed via email.
The Lead Governor and Deputy Lead Governor Roles were both filled following contested elections. The latter requiring a Run-Off ballot following an initial tied result.
“Whilst standard governor election processes required adaptation for our particular circumstances (as the ballot was internal rather than a public nomination process and poll), UK Engage was responsive to our requirements and able to assist us in managing an efficient and effective election, the results of which were accepted by the Council without challenge.”