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Stand for election as a Governor for Southern Health 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, and community services, has a vacancy for a Public Governor in the South West Hampshire constituency, which covers the New Forest, Test Valley, Winchester and Eastleigh.

Services in this area include integrated community teams as well as community hospitals such as Lymington New Forest Hospital, Romsey Hospital and Fordingbridge Hospital. It also includes specialised services, which provide secure and intensive support for adults and young people with mental illness at Bluebird House and Southfield at Tatchbury Mount, at Leigh House and also and in the mental health units at Melbury Lodge, both in Winchester.

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 put forward views 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, Public 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.”

Public 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 Wednesday, 25 October 2017. After nominations there may be a vote, after which the successful candidate will be announced in December. If there is only one candidate to stand, the announcement will be made in October.

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 Mi-Voice, the organisation managing the election, by calling 02380 763987 or on email at support@mi-voice.com