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Still time left to apply for local health care role

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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ONE day remains for people living in and around Ashbourne to nominate or become a governor of the Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

As health bosses look ahead to forming a new NHS Foundation Trust, they plan to hold an election for the first ever council of governers to oversee the trust’s patient care.

The deadline for nominations of new governors is tomorrow with ballot papers being distributed early next month ahead of a completion date of March 5.

Trust secretary Kirsteen Farrar said: “We would urge anyone with an interest in their local NHS care to consider getting involved as a governor.

“It is not too late for individuals to put themselves forward. They don’t need any special qualifications, just a desire to get involved and help us to ensure services are the best they can be for patients.

“The aim of becoming an NHS Foundation Trust is to increase our accountability to the people we serve, so involvement of local people is crucial.”

There are 17 places for public governors, including designated places for people living in Amber Valley, Erewash, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and Derby.

More than 11,000 people have already signed up as members of the newly emerging Foundation Trust, with membership numbers growing by the week.

Tracy Allen, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “We look forward to having a Council of Governors from all walks of life and with all the variety of experience and knowledge they can bring to the role.

“We are absolutely committed to involving people in this way in taking our services forward and being accountable.”

Potential governor candidates do not need specific qualifications, as training is given, but requirements include an interest in health care, time to attend meetings, events and training, a willingness to work with others and a desire to learn more about community health services.

Derbyshire Community Health Services was authorised as an NHS Trust on 1 April 2011 and is in the final stages of applying to become a Foundation Trust in the next few months.

To find out more about becoming a governor, or to make a nomination, call trust secretary Kirsteen Farrar at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust on 01773 824171

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