NHS: Why I want to be a Public Governor for the Forest of Dean

“As a life-long resident of the Forest of Dean and with a nurse for a mother, I have always been interested in the way healthcare is provided in a rural community. Through my time as a local Councillor and my involvement with grassroots healthcare campaigns, I’ve developed knowledge around the complexity of rural healthcare as well as building the skills to engage with service users and take their views forward to authorities.

Often, younger demographics and minority groups are underrepresented in board positions, as a 21 year old member of both the LGBTQ+ community and a traveller community, I believe I could provide a valuable contribution to the make-up of the board. The LGBTQ+ community in particular face unique challenges in the provision of their healthcare, whilst GRT communities have very poor health outcomes compared to other ethnic groups. I’m in the perfect position to engage these groups, whilst my previous experience as an elected councillor and trustee of two charitable trusts has given me the skills to engage with more mainstream demographics too.

My roles in LG and charitable trusts has also provided me with experience in routinely handling high-level information and formulating wide-ranging responses to solve complex problems.

I’m keen to use my skills and perspective to play my part in providing an immensely valuable service when it matters the most. The NHS is something I value beyond words. It has been there for me, it has paid for me. Now, I want to be there for it.”

How to have your say:

Only members of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are eligible to vote in these elections, anyone aged 11 and over can join the Trust for free.

If you aren’t already a member, you can join here https://lnkd.in/ekgRE2V5 to have your say on who sits on the Council of Governors and to get involved with the NHS in Gloucestershire.

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