We are currently recruiting six public and two staff governors to help shape the future direction of the organisation.
Governors play an important role in understanding and championing the needs of patients, families, carers and staff, helping to ensure services meet the needs of local people. They also hold the board to account for the performance of the trust.
Governors have the opportunity to question and challenge the trust, offering different perspectives and representing the views of local communities.
Miriam Harte, chairman at TEWV, said “Our governors perform a vital role in the trust by engaging with trust members, our patients and the local areas we serve. They’re the link between our trust, our communities and represent the wider public interest.
“Being a governor is a rewarding role. We’re looking for people who care passionately about their area and who will work in a collaborative way with the trust to grow, develop and improve our services. We welcome insights and ideas from people’s own experiences to bring valuable perspectives that will help achieve real change.
“Governor’s advice, holding the trust to account and contributions to its vision, its aims and objectives and working together while living our values, will really make a difference.
“I look forward to meeting and working with the new governors that will join us on our Journey to Change.”
Whatever your background or experience, as long as you are a member of the trust, aged 16 years or over and live in the area the vacancy is in you can apply for a position on our council of governors.
Meeting at least four times each year, the council of governors work includes developing the membership of the trust, appointing non-executive directors, including the chairman, and considering the trust’s annual accounts.
Governors are expected to attend at least two council of governor meetings each year and will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of different streams of work. Support and training is available, travel and out of pocket expenses will be paid.
Mary Booth, public governor, said “For me, the best thing about becoming a governor is having the opportunity to visit services, meet with staff and talk to people about their experiences of TEWV. We need people with different backgrounds and experiences to join our council of governors, to help make sure mental health and learning disabilities services are the best they can be and what we would expect for ourselves or a member of our family.”
Nominations are now open and will close on Friday 14 May.
To find out how you can get involved please visit www.tewv.nhs.uk/elections. You can also hear from some of our current governors where they discuss their experience, why they became a governor and what they find most rewarding.