Speak up for community as Northamptonshire NHS governor
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Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), the county’s mental health and community healthcare provider, has announced details of its governor elections for 2021.
The search is on for individuals across the county who have an interest in healthcare and improving these services for the good of the whole community.
Residents who are passionate and committed have been urged to step forward and make a difference in their community by representing their voice on the trust’s Council of Governors.
Crishni Waring, chairman of NHFT, said: “Governors are an important and vital connection between the trust and the people we serve. Not only do they represent the interests of their communities, and the public in general, but using their own networks and local ties, they can help us engage more effectively on trust priorities and decisions.
“We are rated as an outstanding organisation by the CQC and this has meant better care for the people of Northamptonshire and beyond. For this to continue we need to maintain strong partnerships between directors, staff, service users and their carers - and governors form an important part of this way of working.
NHFT provides support across Northamptonshire, at every stage of life. This includes children’s services such as health visitors and school nurses, to mental health service for every age group. From community nurses to palliative care teams and physiotherapy, gender identity, community hospitals to prison healthcare.
More than 4,500 people work at NHFT, one of the county’s largest employers.
Ms Waring added: “As we begin our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking for people from every walk of life to join us on our council. As long as you are 16 or over, it does not matter if you are in or out of employment, in education, a community leader, a stay at home parent, recently retired or caring for someone else. Whoever you are and whatever your background, we would like to hear from you."
The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
NHFT positively encourages nominations from under-represented groups such as people from BAME communities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people and young people.