Solent NHS Trust picks its council of governors

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GOVERNORS for a community health provider have been elected.

In total, 19 people have been named as governors for Solent NHS Trust which, among other work, provides mental health services in the Portsmouth area.

Four staff and 14 Hampshire residents have taken on the role, in which they will help the trust set out its strategic direction.

Governors can also select and appoint a range of roles, including the trust’s non-executive directors.

Solent is in the final stages of becoming a foundation trust – a status that will give it extra independence from central government to choose how it functions.

The council of governors officially assumes its responsibilities when Solent becomes a foundation trust.

Until then, it will operate in a shadow format.

Solent NHS Trust chief executive Dr Ros Tolcher said: ‘The successful election is a momentous step for Solent,and anyone with an interest in the provision of local, quality and patient-centred NHS care.’

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