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Stand in Trust governor elections and help shape local healthcare

Do you want to have more of a say in helping to shape local healthcare?

If so a role as a Public Governor at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust could be the right challenge for you.

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The Trust, which provides mental health, learning disabilities, social care and community services, has vacancies for 10 Public Governors.

There is one vacancy in the North Hampshire constituency, two in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and two in Southampton.

Meanwhile there are two vacancies in the South West Hampshire constituency, and three in the South East Hampshire constituency.0phbu

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

They are members of the Council of Governors and play a key role in how the Trust is run, representing the views of Trust members and the public, and holding the organisation to account.

Governors provide a vital link between the public and the Trust board, raising concerns and asking questions on behalf of people living in the constituencies they represent and supporting service users, as well influencing how the Trust develops.

Janet Chierchia MBE is Chair and founding member of the charity Carers Together, a consortium of carers in Hampshire. She has been an Appointed Governor at Southern Health since the Trust formed in April 2011.

Janet said of her role: “I am 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 is about liaising with the Trust on other people’s behalf.

“Being a Governor is also about being able to make a difference and being able to have the ear of people making the decision within the Trust.

“If people have had contact with Southern Health and want to make a difference, this is one way of doing it. Being a Governor is very rewarding.”

Part of the role of Governors interacting with members of the public and sharing their views.

The Trust is running a series of “Medicine for Members” events in the coming weeks which anyone is welcome to attend.

The events will focus on dementia services and support Southern Health provides to patients, their families and carers during talks delivered by specialist nurses.

Attendees will also be able to “ask the expert” in a question-and-answer session at each session.

The events are open to anyone, but might be particularly relevant to families or carers who would like to know more about dementia and how it can be treated and managed, as well as tips on spotting early signs and ways of tailoring care to help ensure loved ones can stay at home for as long as possible.

They are also a valuable opportunity for members of the public and potential Governors to find out more about the Trust’s work.

 The events will be held at the following venues:

  • 11 May, 5.30pm - 7pm: Lymington Hospital, Seminar Room A, Welworthy Road, Lymington, SO41 8QD

  • 19 May, 5.30pm - 7pm: Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury Road, Gosport, PO12 3PW

  • 21 May, 3pm - 4pm: Western Community Hospital, Oakwood Centre, William Macleod Way, Southampton, SO16 4XE

  • 21 May, 6.30pm - 8pm: Parklands Hospital, Training Room, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9RH

In the run-up to the elections a series of information stands will be held at the following venues:

  • 8 May, 10am - noon: Lymington Hospital, Welworthy Road, Lymington, SO41 8QD


  • 22 May, 10am - noon: Petersfield Hospital, Swan Street, Petersfield, GU32 3LB


  • 22 May, 10am - noon: Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury Road, Gosport, PO12 3PW


  • 22 May, 1pm - Havant Health Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AQ


Nominations for Governor Elections open on 22 May. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 10 June.

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

Anyone wishing to nominate a prospective Governor must be a Member of Southern Health. Anyone standing for election must also be a Member.

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


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