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Friday 19 April 2019
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Aquatics teacher and charity worker amongst newly elected Derbyshire Healthcare governors

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of four new governors, who will represent the views of people in their local constituencies and hold the Trust’s Board of Directors to account. Following an election process managed by Electoral Reform Services, Derbyshire Healthcare members chose the following four people to represent them as governors:

Annaf Khatoon - Derby City East (one of two seats) public governor

Annaf already volunteers for the Trust and is an aquatics teacher and a wellbeing advisor for her local council. She likes to stay active, using her job roles as a positive force to drive herself, and others, into bettering themselves.

Amie Elliot – Erewash South public governor

Amie works part-time for a registered charity and social care provider in Erewash, so already has an insight into the issues that arise for people with mental health issues and physical health issues. She aims to assist in the ongoing advancement of the Trust.

Joanne Slinn – Administration and Allied Support staff governor

Jo has worked for the Trust for 11 years, undertaking varied administration roles. Jo is passionate about staff engagement and is looking forward to representing staff throughout all levels of the organisation. 

Linda Beresford – Nursing and Allied Professions staff governor

Linda is Community Psychiatric Nurse Lead for Older People’s Services but has also worked in acute, forensic and learning disability settings. She believes that becoming a governor will enhance her working practices and help her to improve the patient experience. 

Annaf, Amie, Joanne and Linda will now take their seats on Derbyshire Healthcare’s Council of Governors.

After gaining NHS Foundation Trust status in 2011, Derbyshire Healthcare made a commitment to represent its diverse communities as effectively as possible and promote public awareness of health issues. Derbyshire Healthcare’s public membership plays a very important role in ensuring the Trust is accountable to people who use its healthcare services, their families and friends and local residents via their constituency’s elected governor. Through these conversations and relationships, the Trust can work together with the general public to improve NHS services across Derbyshire and to ensure the Trust is responsive to local demands.

Mark Todd, Chairman, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Annaf, Amie, Joanne and Linda into the Council of Governors; it is great to have them on board. Our governors are a vital part of our organisation; they take part in a number of duties and engage with our members across the city, county and beyond. I am looking to forward to meeting and welcoming our new governors into the Trust and working alongside them to continue developing Derbyshire Healthcare’s services so that they exceed local peoples’ needs.” 

Any member of the public wishing to contact the governor for their local constituency should email dhcft.governors@nhs.net or call 01332 623723.

For further information on membership of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust or on becoming a governor, please visit the membership section.