Share your passion for the NHS by becoming a Northumbria public governor
People in south east Northumberland who are passionate about their local NHS are being given the opportunity to become more involved by standing for election as a public governor.
There are five vacancies for public governors at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in the area – one in Blyth Valley and four in Wansbeck – and the deadline for nominations is 5pm on Thursday 3 May.
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 by calling 0208 889 9203, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by texting 2FTNH with 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 www.northumbria.nhs.uk/get-involved/join-our-our-foundation-trust or calling 0191 203 1296.
Alan Richardson, chairman of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Our public governors 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.”
There are 21 vacancies for public governors across Northumberland and North Tyneside and an opportunity for people who do not live locally however have an interest in the NHS to become involved in the rest of England constituency.
To have an informal chat about the role, contact the trust’s foundation team on 0191 203 1296 or click here.
Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680