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Become the heartbeat of your local NHS by standing to be a Northumbria public governor

Wednesday, 08 May, 2019
Become the heartbeat of your local NHS by standing to be a Northumbria public governor

People in Northumberland and North Tyneside who are passionate about their local NHS are being encouraged to become its heartbeat and be more involved by standing for election as a public governor.

There are 13 vacancies for public governors at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the deadline for nominations is 5pm on Wednesday 22 May. There is one vacancy in the Berwick constituency, three in Blyth Valley, two in Hexham, two in North West Tyneside, four in Wansbeck and one in Wallsend.

The role of a public governor is to represent the views of local people and help build links between the trust and the many communities it serves. Duties include holding non-executive directors to account for the performance of the board, reviewing the annual accounts/ report and representing the interests of the public in governance meetings.

Nomination forms are available from Electoral Reform Service here , by calling 0208 88 99 203 or emailing

To be in the running to be a public governor, people must be a member of Northumbria Healthcare. This is done by completing an online application form here or calling 0191 203 1296.

Alan Richardson, chairman of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Our public governors are the heartbeat of their local NHS and play a hugely important role in our trust.

“They are the voice of local people and forge links with the many and varied local communities we serve. They help us to shape our priorities and develop local health care services.

“We’d urge anyone with an interest in their local NHS to get involved – you really can make a difference.”

To have an informal chat about the role, contact the trust’s foundation team on 0191 203 1296.

Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680