Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) is inviting its 10,000 members to stand for election to its first Council of Governors.
The governors will represent the Trust’s public and staff members and give local people the chance to shape the future development of healthcare in the area.
Nominations open today (7) and close on 22 May. When voting opens on June 11 Trust members will be able to vote for the governor they would like to see elected for their area.
SASH Chief Executive Michael Wilson said: “Becoming a governor is a key way for people to play an active role in the future development of the Trust. Governors will help us to make informed decisions around what local people think about the care we provide. I would encourage people to step forward and help us shape the future of our hospital service.”
If you are a member and would like a nomination form or want to find out more about the elections or becoming a member please visit the Trust’s website at www.sussexandsussex.nhs.uk or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundation trusts are different from existing NHS Trusts because they are more accountable to local people through their membership and less accountable to central government . Trust membership is free and members can get involved as little or as much as they like.
NHS foundation trusts remain part of the NHS and remain free at the point of use. They are subject to NHS standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection.