Be the voice of your local community by standing for governor

by CWP News - 28 April 2016

A local mental health trust is looking to fill three governor seats in its upcoming election.

From now until 4May, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) is looking for two people who access services, or cares for someone who does, to fill two service user/carer seats and someone who lives outside of Cheshire and Wirral (such as but not exclusive to Trafford, Bolton, Warrington or Sefton) to fill the ‘out of area’ seat.

CWP governors bring with them a diverse range of knowledge, skills and experience, which is highly valued by the Trust. There are no specific qualifications required to be a governor; enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference are the most important things! If you are aged 16 or over and are interested in improving health services in your area, supporting the work of CWP, giving something back to your local communities or a challenging role that can make a real difference, then being a governor may be for you!

CWP lead governor, Anna Usherwood, says: “The Council of Governors is responsible for representing members’ interests and provides a link between members and the Trust’s Board of Directors. All members are entitled to have a say in how the Trust is run and those who want to shape the future of the NHS can stand for election as a governor.”

CWP chairman, David Eva, says: “Our governors are a real asset to us in representing the views of people who care about our services, as well as those who are directly involved with the Trust. As an organisation, we are increasingly challenging ourselves to look at different ways of working to ensure we deliver high quality, integrated and innovative services - having a representative Board of Governors is integral to this.”

If you would like to get involved in the work of the Trust, contact the Communications and Engagement Team on: 01244 397 393 or email info@cwp.nhs.uk

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