18:02 Wednesday 09 January 2013

Health chiefs seek candidates to join new governors' board

Written byBY ADRIAN JENKINS

NHS chiefs are seeking nominations for a group to oversee community care provided to patients in South Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, which runs community hospitals, health centres and outpatient services, wants people to join its first council of governors as it moves towards becoming a foundation trust.

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 ensure services are the best they can be for patients.”

The election for trust governors will be held in February and early March, but nominations need to be submitted by January 17.

There are 17 places for public governors.

No specific qualifications are needed to become an NHS governor and training will be given.

The only requirements are an interest in health, time to attend meetings and get involved in training and events, capacity for teamwork and a desire to learn more about community health services.

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