The recently formed Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) today gave notice of election for its new Council of Governors.
GMMH was formed following the joining of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust on 1 January 2017.
The combined organisation provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, Salford, Trafford and the city of Manchester; as well as a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the North West of England and beyond.
The Trust employs around 4,750 members of staff, who deliver services from more than 130 locations. Over a 12-month period, GMMH will see in the region of 53,000 service users.
The Council of Governors has a critical role in holding the Board of Directors of GMMH to account for the Trust’s performance and providing an essential link between the Trust, its members and the communities served by GMMH.
Governors have statutory duties which include: appointing the Trust Chair and Non-Executive Directors, receiving the annual accounts and the annual report, approving the appointment of the Chief Executive made by Non-Executive Directors, and developing the membership of the Trust as well as representing the interests of members.
Rupert Nichols, Chair of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would urge anyone who shares our ambition to continuously develop innovative mental health services to consider becoming a GMMH Foundation Trust Governor.
“We have been given a unique opportunity to adapt the best practices of two highly-skilled organisations and the commitment, energy, skills and experience of our people – shaping the best mental health care for our communities. There has never been a better time to join us on this exciting journey and be able to directly influence the way we develop our strategy to achieve that ambition.”
Governor vacancies are in the Public constituencies of Bolton, Salford, Trafford and Manchester; and in the Staff; Service User and Carer constituencies. To check whether you are eligible to stand for election as a Governor and for details of how to apply, please click HERE.