Nominations to become a Public Governor of Southern Health are now open!

11 April 2024

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

If so, a role as a Public Governor at Southern Health - your local NHS Foundation Trust - could be just the opportunity you’re looking for!

Southern Health provides mental health, learning disability, children’s, and community services across Hampshire - and now has vacancies for Public Governors in the following constituencies:

  • 1 seat in South East Hampshire
  • 1 seat in North Hampshire
  • 1 seat in Southampton
What do Governors do?

Governors become members of the Council of Governors and provide a vital link between the public and the Trust.  They help communicate 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 our patients, their families and carers, and help shape the way the Trust provides healthcare services.

Being a Governor is a rewarding role that enables you to be at the heart of the NHS in your community. Governors have played a strong role in Trust developments in recent years - sitting on interview panels for new Board members, being involved in work that directly affects frontline services and attending public events to share the work of the Trust.

If you would like to find out more about being a governor, we are hosting a virtual session for interested candidates on Thursday 25 April at 1230 – to register your interest please email

When do nominations open?

Nominations for the Governor elections are now open and will close on Thursday 2 May at 5pm. 

Apply today:

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Lynne Hunt, Chair


“Governors play a key role in making sure our patients’ and carers’ voices are heard, and they are a critical friend to the Trust. To be most effective, we need individuals with all sorts of backgrounds, interests and skills to join the Council of Governors and fully represent our communities across Hampshire.”

“Our Public Governors play such a vital role. They not only help us make strategic decisions about our services but, most importantly, they are the voice of the public and our patients. So if you have a passion for healthcare and want to make a sizeable difference, I would encourage you to become a Public Governor.”

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Adrian Thorne, Lead Governor


How can I find out more?

To view a list of our current Governors, visit: Our Governors :: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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