The Trust, which provides mental health, learning disabilities, social care and community services, has vacancies for two Public Governors.
There are vacancies in the South West Hampshire constituency, which covers the New Forest, Test Valley, Winchester and Eastleigh; and one in the Southampton 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.
Josie Metcher, a current Governor in the South West Hampshire constituency, describes what motivated her to carry out the role: “I have always felt it is important to have your say and what better way to put some action behind those words than be a Governor”
Tom Whicher became a Governor for the Southampton constituency last year, he added: “As a graduate of Southampton University I have made the city my home and wish to help give back to the community.”
Nominations for the Governor elections are open until 5pm on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. After nominations there may be a vote, 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 an informal discussion about the Governor roles, please contact the Corporate Governance Team on: 02380 874314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For a nominations pack contact Ciara Norris at Electoral Reform Services Ltd in one of the following ways:
Telephone: 0208 889 9203
Text: Text 2FT SH and your name and address to 88802
Post: Electoral Reform Services Limited
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road