We are currently recruiting 22 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 non-executive directors to account for the performance of the board.
At the heart of decision making, 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 “Being a governor is a very rewarding and interesting role that is vital in helping to shape the work we do and the services we provide.
“During these unprecedented times, the support of our governors will be essential in making sure our services are working as well as they should and that adjustments made in response to the current pandemic are meeting the needs of those in our care.
“There is now a real opportunity for more people to get involved and make a difference in what is a huge period of change in the NHS.
“We are committed to providing high quality, patient-centred services and are looking for enthusiastic, honest and objective individuals to join our team and help us navigate a new future.”
Being a governor
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 two council of governor meetings each year and have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of different streams of work. Support and training is available and travel 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 Tuesday 14 July.
To find out how you can get involved please visit www.tewv.nhs.uk/elections.
What our governors say
You can hear from some of our governors in the short film clips below…