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A chance to help shape mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is looking for 8 new Governors, with an interest in mental wellbeing, to represent the views of local people and help shape its future.

The seats open for election are:

  • 3 Public Governors in Norfolk
  • 3 Public Governors in Suffolk
  • 1 Service User Governor in Norfolk
  • 1 Staff Governor.

The successful candidates will be part of the Council, which is responsible for a number of important duties, such as holding the Non-executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board and representing the interests of the membership of the Trust and the community it serves.

The Governors meet 6 times a year and hold special themed events. They also attend governor sub-groups and forums, as well as local and regional events, speaking to the people they represent and the wider public.

“Our Governors play a vital role at NSFT by representing the views of local people, hosting important public engagement events and appointing our Non-executive Directors. Elected Governors come from all walks of life and share an interest in mental wellbeing and a desire to help NSFT develop and thrive.”

Jean Clark, Company Secretary

“We would encourage anyone who thinks they have the time, skills and commitment to carry out this important role to come along to one of our information sessions and find out more.”

Information sessions

The Trust is holding 2 information sessions for anyone interested in standing for election:

  • Ipswich: Friday, 13 September 2019, 4pm-5.30pm
  • Norwich: Thursday, 19 September 2019, 6pm-7.30pm

To book a place, contact Andrea Goldsmith.

e-mail: andrea.goldsmith@nsft.nhs.uk

Call: 01603 421291.

If you are interested but unable to attend, contact Andrea to arrange an informal discussion.

You can also find out more on the website here: nsft.uk/elections

Nominations open on Friday, 20 September 2019 and close at noon on Friday, 18 October 2019

The elections launch on Friday, 8 November 2019 and voting runs until 5pm on Wednesday, 4 December 2019.

The results will be announced on Thursday, 5 December 2019, here: www.nsft.nhs.uk

How to get a nomination form

Nomination forms are available only from Electoral Reform Services from Friday, 20 September 2019. (It is not necessary to attend an information session to get a form and stand for election).

Online: www.cesvotes.com/nsft2019

Phone: 020 8889 9203

e-mail: FTNomination.enquiries@electoralreform.co.uk

Post: Electoral Reform Services, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.