Publish date: 21 April 2023

Your NHS needs you to get involved and help shape its future

Governor-Election-SM -2023-01.jpgPeople in Northumberland and North Tyneside are being encouraged to become an integral and crucial part of their local NHS and put themselves forward to be a public governor of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust has 23 vacancies for public governors. There are three vacancies in Berwick, three in Blyth Valley, five in Hexham, two in North Shields, three in North West Tyneside, three in Wallsend, three in Wansbeck and one in Whitley Bay.

Public governors play a key role in shaping the future of services in Northumberland and North Tyneside and represent the views of local people.

Alan Richardson, chairman of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Our public governors play a crucial role in our Trust and are such an integral and important part of our local NHS.

“They help us to continually improve patient care and experience by helping us to decide what our priorities should be and how we should develop our hospital and community services.


“Their strong links with the many communities we serve across Northumberland and North Tyneside means that they are the voice of local people.

“If you have an interest in your local NHS, we’d encourage you to get involved and make a difference.”

Nomination forms are now available and must be returned no later than 5pm on Friday 12 May 2023. To request a nomination form contact the Trust’s independent electoral services provider Civica Election Services (CES) Ltd on 0208 889 9203 or  or apply online  or you can text 2FT NO and your name and address to 88802.

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 at or calling 0191 203 1296. Anyone can join us as a member of our Trust to help shape local services and they will receive regular e-bulletins from the Trust.

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. If you have any questions about becoming a governor please contact the foundation team or phone 0191 203 1296.