If so a role as a Public Governor at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust could be the right challenge for you.
The Trust, which provides mental health, learning disabilities, social care and community services, has vacancies for four Public Governors.
There are two public vacancies in the South West Hampshire constituency, which covers the New Forest, Test Valley, Winchester and Eastleigh; one in the South East Hampshire constituency covering Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hayling Island, Waterlooville; and one in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire 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.
David Lee, Governor for North Hampshire, describes what motivates him to carry out this role:
“With my background as a doctor and a patient, I want the NHS to achieve the best. I am also Chairman of a GP Patient Participation Group and want to encourage and assist with more patient participation work in the Trust.”
Governor Sue Smith adds: “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.”
Nominations for the Governor elections are open until 5pm on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. After nominations there may be a vote in March, after which the successful candidates will be announced.
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 contact Ciara Norris at Electoral Reform Services Ltd in one of the following ways:
Phone: 0208 889 9203
Text: 2FT SH and your name and address to 88802
Post: Electoral Reform Services Ltd
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road