The NHS is looking for public governors to help shape healthcare across the region.

A number of vacancies with Southern Health have been announced for Public Governors in constituencies such as Southampton, South West Hampshire, South East Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight.

The role will see the successful candidate become members of the Council of Governors, offering a vital link between the public and the Trust.

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Lynne Hunt, chair of the trust, said: "Our Public Governors play such a vital role.

"They not only help us make strategic decisions about our services but, most importantly, they are the voice of the public and our patients."

The role will put the applicant at the heart of the NHS in their community, playing an important role in Trust developments in recent years.

Adrian Thorne, the trust’s lead governor, added: "Governors play a key role in making sure our patients’ and carers’ voices are heard, and they are a critical friend to the Trust."

A virtual session for interested candidates will be held on Tuesday, July 9, from 9.30am-10.30am.

Nominations for the elections are open until Friday, July 12, at 5pm.