The Trust, which provides mental health, learning disabilities, social care and community services, has vacancies for five Public Governors.
There are two vacancies in the North Hampshire constituency, which covers Basingstoke, Fleet and Alton; two in the South East Hampshire constituency covering Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hayling Island, Waterlooville, Petersfield and Bordon; and one in the Oxfordshire, Buckinghampshire and Rest of England constituency.
Governors are members of the Council of Governors and provide a vital link between the public and the Trust board that connects the Trust with the ideas, feedback and concerns of local people. Their role is to raise concerns and ask questions on behalf of people living in the constituencies they represent, to support service users, and to shape how the Trust develops.
Being a Governor can be a rewarding role that enables you to be at the heart of the NHS in your community and make a real difference to service users.
Sue Smith, who has been a Governor for Southern Health for several years, described what motivates her to carry out this role:
“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 local community.”
Nominations for Governor elections are open until 19 July. After nominations there may be a vote, after which the successful candidates will be announced in September.
Anyone wishing to stand for election or nominate a prospective Governor must be a Member of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
For a nominations pack visit www.mi-nomination.com/southernhealth, or contact Simon Thomson on Mi Voice on 0845 2414148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.