12:08pm Wednesday 4th June 2014
By Helen Morton
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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