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Become a Governor and shape mental health services in NSFT

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Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has an exciting opportunity for eight members of the public with an interest in mental health to join its Council of Governors.

Being a Governor provides you with a unique opportunity to contribute to the strategic debate and the overall direction of the Trust on behalf of its members, service users, carers and the communities it serves.

Jean Clark, Trust Secretary, said: “Our Governors play a vital role at NSFT by representing the views of local people, hosting important public engagement events and holding the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board.

“Elected Governors come from a variety of backgrounds and share an interest in mental wellbeing and a desire to help the Trust to develop and thrive for the benefit of the people who use our services.”

Along with attending four Council meetings a year, you will have lots of opportunities to get more involved, such as through sub committees, members events, governor visits to services and training sessions.

The Council comprises 23 Governors elected by Trust Members and seven appointed by partner organisations. Elected Governors serve three-year terms, starting on 1 February.

The seats up for election this year are:

  • four Public Governors in Norfolk
  • three Public Governors in Suffolk
  • one Service User Governor in Norfolk
  • one Staff Governor

Find out more

If you would like to find out more, you can:

Stand for election

A nomination form to stand for election is available from Monday, 26 September 2022 and can be obtained from the Returning Officer in the following ways:

Only members of NSFT can be Governors. If you would like to find out about becoming a member, please visit:

All nominations should be received by the Returning Officer, Abi Walcott-Daniel, at the address or website above, by 5pm on Monday 24 October 2022.

Voting will open on Tuesday 15 November 2022 and close at 5pm on Thursday 8 December 2022.

Civica Election Services (CES), an independent organisation, runs our election process to ensure it is unbiased, fair and legal.

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