Oxford Health is holding two informal evenings for people who want to make a difference in their community by becoming a governor for the local health trust. The exciting news is the trust is increasing the number of patients and people who use services on its Council of Governors. That means local people can have an even bigger say in their NHS care. The change comes as a direct result from the trust’s current governors who use local services.

The trust has ten vacancies in the elections that will take place in May, with nominations opening in the end of March. Becoming a governor is the way patients, staff and members of public can directly influence the way local health services are provided.

Constituency Class Vacancies
Public Oxfordshire

Buckinghamshire

Rest of England and Wales

 

2

2

1

Patient Service user Oxfordshire

Service user Buckinghamshire and other counties

Carers

 

2

1

1

Staff Specialised Services 1

 

The governor evenings will be hosted by the trust director of corporate affairs Kerry Rogers and current governors and is a chance to hear from people who have direct experience of this role, its challenges and rewards. The events will be on:

Tuesday 11 February, 5pm – 8pm in Aylesbury at the Whiteleaf Centre

 Wednesday 12 February, 5pm – 8pm, in Oxford at the Community Hub, Warneford Hospital

Everyone interested is welcome to drop in to discuss the role of a governor, sign up as a member and have a cup of tea.

Standing as a candidate and voting in the Council of Governors election is open to members of the foundation trust. Membership is free and open to the general public, patients and carers.

Kerry Rogers said: “With the range of services Oxford Health provides – mental health services , community hospitals, , school nurses, speech and language therapy, health visitors, dentistry, and talking therapy – it is likely that nearly everyone in our region has a stake in the future of the trust.

“We greatly value our members’ views so by voting for a governor, or standing as a governor, people can shape their local health services and the future of our trust.

“We have a strong Council of Governors and I look forward to welcoming new members to the Council following the election.”

Find out more about becoming a member on our membership pages.

To find out more about the event or being a governor email ft.membershipcommunity@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk