Health trust key role opportunity

A call has gone out for Northumberland and North Tyneside residents to get involved in the area’s healthcare.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 4:42 pm
Northumbria Healthcare’s chairman Alan Richardson.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has a number of vacancies for its Council of Governors, which is a crucial element of being a foundation trust and accountable to local people. Public governors act as the eyes and ears of the communities the trust serves and help shape the future of services and care for patients.

There are a total of 18 vacancies across the trust’s constituencies – including three in Wansbeck, which includes Morpeth.

Northumbria Healthcare’s chairman Alan Richardson, pictured, said: “The NHS has well and truly proved its place at the heart of our society during the past year or so and if you are interested in getting more involved in your area, then becoming a public governor is a perfect opportunity.”

Duties include holding non-executive directors to account for the performance of the board, reviewing the annual accounts and report and representing the interests of the public in governance meetings. Call 0191 2031296 or email [email protected] to find out more.

To be in the running to be a public governor, you must be a member of Northumbria Healthcare. Complete an application form at

Also call the number mentioned above to be told the different ways you can formally apply to run for public governor – the deadline is 5pm on June 1.