Public governors wanted for Southern Health NHS Trust

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A HEALTH trust that has come under pressure in recent months is looking for people to become governors.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has two vacancies for public governors in Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hayling Island and Waterlooville.

The role is part of the council of governors and provides a link between the public and trust board.

Public governors give feedback, concerns and ideas on behalf of the people.

They also support service users and help shape how the trust develops.

Sue Smith, who has been a governor for several years, said: ‘I became a governor because I really wanted to help people get the right service.

‘I can signpost them to the best service and help them get the care they need.

‘Being a governor has enabled me to see things from a different perspective, and meet people who share similar passions.

‘We work together and share information, which improves the support for patients.

‘It’s great to see things improve and to be able to share those improvements with my community.’

Nominations for governor elections are open until July 19. After nominations, there may be a vote, after which the successful candidates will be announced in September.

For more information about standing for election visit the news section of the Southern Health website at southernhealth.nhs.uk.

The trust provides mental health, learning disability and community services in south-east Hampshire.