Walter’s gavel falls on our recruitment drive

by Chris Birch (Patient Governor)—Is he the most stylish of all the people chairing meetings at this hospital? Perhaps. Certainly Walter Balmford is the only chairman of meetings at this hospital that I know who carries his own personal gavel and sounding board to the meetings he chairs.

Chris-Birch.jpgChris Birch, Patient Governor

E: chris.birch@chelwest.nhs.uk

Is he the most stylish of all the people chairing meetings at this hospital? Perhaps. Certainly Walter Balmford is the only chairman of meetings at this hospital that I know who carries his own personal gavel and sounding board to the meetings he chairs.

Walter became chairman of the membership subcommittee in September and, after the May meeting that never happened, he was back in the chair wielding his gavel with grace and skill on 26 June.

The main item on the agenda was the Trust’s membership recruitment, engagement and communications strategy for 2014/15. At least that was its old name. The committee felt that the Trust’s membership of 15,276 at the start of the financial year was enough for the time being and that, while we needed to keep a close eye on membership figures, we should stop spending time, effort and money on recruiting and concentrate instead on engaging with the members we already have. So we decided to drop the word ‘recruitment’ from the strategy’s title. The updated strategy was approved by the council at its July meeting.

Other less controversial topics were membership figures, our engagement events and an early look at our Annual Members’ Meeting in September. Walter’s gavel brought the meeting to an early end.

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