Vacancy for public governor in North Hampshire area

Deadline looms for nominations for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust post

Deadline looms for nominations for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust post

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

TIME is running out to apply to become a public governor for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust has a vacancy in the North Hampshire constituency for the role, which gives people the opportunity to play a role in shaping local healthcare.

Public governors represent the views of the many different communities in their local area and are also members of the Council of Governors.

They have a key role in how the trust is run, raising questions that communities want answered and providing support to service users.

The closing date for nominations if June 9 and a vote may then be held, with the successful candidate being announced in mid-July.

Eddy Hyde worked as a staff governor in the Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset and Wiltshire constituency before leaving the Trust late in 2013.

He said: “The idea of being able to question things at an organisational level really appealed to me. I wanted to bring the issues that were important to my peers to the attention of our most senior staff, and have a say in decisions.

“It’s a great role for learning what’s going on across the trust, and getting unique access to the board and non-executive directors. They have a vast amount of skills, knowledge and experience between them.

“Being a Governor gave me lots of opportunities. A particular highlight for me was the patient experience workshops I was involved in – I really value patient centred care, and it was good to be part of something so important.

“I’d advise anyone interested in becoming a Governor to go for it – it’s varied, interesting, and provides valuable opportunities to get to know lots of new people, and get involved in trust business.”

For more information visit www.southernhealth.nhs.uk, or for a nominations pack, contact UK Engage by calling 0345 209 3770.

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