South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides community, mental health and learning disability services to people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, is inviting local people to get involved and stand in their upcoming Members’ Council elections.
The Members’ Council represents the views of the Trust’s 16,000 members and ensures that the board of directors, which retains responsibility for the day to day running of the Trust, is accountable to the local community.
The Council is made up of publicly elected members, elected staff representatives and appointed representatives from key local partner organisations. The Council formally meets a minimum of four times a year.
The Trust is now inviting members to stand for election in the following constituencies:
- Barnsley – 1 seat
- Kirklees – 3 seats
- Wakefield – 2 seats
- Rest of South and West Yorkshire – 1 seat
Trust staff are also being encouraged to stand for election to vacant staff seats.
Nominations to stand for election open on Friday 27th February 2015. To stand for election, contact Electoral Reform Services (ERS) for a nomination form. To ensure that the elections are completely independent and transparent, they are conducted by the Electoral Reform Service (ERS). Contact ERS with any questions about the elections on 0208 889 9203
All nominations for people wishing to stand in the elections must be received by 5pm on Monday 16 March 2015.
Chief executive Steven Michael OBE said, “I would encourage anyone who would like to make a difference to the NHS services provided by our Trust in their local community, to consider standing for election to our Members’ Council.
“The Members’ Council is a vital part of the Trust. It helps us to shape future strategy and plays a key role in issues such as communications, diversity and involvement.”
Individuals must be members of the Trust to be eligible to stand for election.
To become a member so that you can stand or vote in the upcoming elections contact the Trust’s membership office on 01924 327567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the Members’ Council or becoming a member, visit the Members’ Council section of the Trust website