Vacancies available to be an NHS governor

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THOSE keen to shape the future of healthcare are being asked if they want to stand as a governor for a trust.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and community services in Hampshire, has vacancies for 10 public governors.

This includes three in the south-east Hampshire constituency, which covers the Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hayling Island, Waterlooville, Petersfield and Bordon areas.

Governors help to ensure Southern Health is publicly accountable for the services it provides.

Janet Chierchia, a governor since 2011, said: ‘I’m in contact with a lot of patients who have used Southern Health services, their families and carers, and I feel I can be a “critical friend” who can take their views to the highest level.

‘It’s about liaising with the trust on other people’s behalf.’

Information sessions are being held for people to find out more about the role.

They take place at the following dates, places and times:

n May 19, Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury Road, from 5.30pm to 7pm.

n May 22, Petersfield Hospital, Swan Street, 10am to midday.

n May 22, Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury Road, from 9am to 11am.

n May 22, Havant Health Centre, Civic Centre Road, from 1pm to 3pm.

n May 22, Fareham Library, Osborn Road, from midday to 2pm.

The deadline to send in nominations is Wednesday, June 10.

After nominations there may be a vote, after which the successful candidates will be announced in July.

For more information visit southernhealth.nhs.uk and look under the new section of the site.

For a nominations pack, contact Katie Roper from UK Engage on 0345 2093770.