Trainee Solicitor

Trainee Solicitor re-elected to NHS Board of Governors


Following swiftly on from his nomination in the Pro Bono/Community Initiative category at last month’s Northern Law Awards, Trainee Solicitor, Adam Chaffer, once again has cause for celebration as he is re-elected to the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Board of Governors for a second 3-year term.

The Newcastle Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, offering a wider portfolio of specialist services than any other trust in the country.  The Trust operates from six sites across Newcastle, including the Freeman Hospital (which houses the Northern Centre for Cancer Care) and the Royal Victoria Infirmary (home to the Great North Children’s Hospital), and is regarded as a leader in research and development with pioneering work in the fields of cancer, transplantation, cardiothoracic services and paediatrics.  In May 2016 the Trust was awarded ‘outstanding’ status by the Care Quality Commission, an accolade achieved only by five NHS Trusts in the country.

In his role on the Board, Adam will join his fellow governors in representing the wider public interest by engaging with Trust Members, patients and the public, and acting as a conduit between them and the Trust.  The Board of Governors is also required to monitor the performance of the Trust, holding the Board of Directors to account when required, and may be asked to provide advice for consideration by the directors when making strategic decisions on matters affecting client care.  The advice and support provided by Adam and his fellow governors contributes significantly to the achievement of the Trust’s vision, values, aims and objectives, ensuring the ongoing delivery of high quality services throughout the city.

In addition to his re-election to the Board of Governors, Adam was also recently appointed to the Trust’s Nominations Committee (a role which will require Adam and his fellow committee members to select, appoint and where necessary remove the Chairman and non-executive directors of the Trust) and will retain his position on the Trust’s Business Development Committee (which advises the Trust on matters concerning the financial and commercial aspects of the organisation) where he has also being promoted to the position of Vice Chairman.

A fantastic achievement for Adam and a proud day for his colleagues at Swinburne Maddison LLP.  Well done, Adam! 

For more information on the patient-centred healthcare provided the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a daily basis, please visit their website.

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