Health roadshow comes to Buxton

A HEALTH roadshow comes to Buxton next week to recruit local residents who are interested in becoming the first ever governors of a newly forming NHS foundation trust.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust is seeking members of the public who are keen to play a central role in how their local community health services are developed in future.

It is part of the drive to create a Council of Governors to lead the Trust as it becomes a full-fledged NHS foundation trust, with a strong local voice, more independence and local accountability to the people it serves.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust is one of the largest providers of community health care, looking after patients in local hospitals (including Buxton Hospital and Cavendish Hospital), health centres and in people’s own homes.

Tracy Allen, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “Our governors will act as the eyes and ears of our membership regarding the quality of the services we provide. By creating a Council of Governors we have a real opportunity to engage with the communities we serve, and for these communities to help bring about real change.”

The roadshow will be in the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, on Wednesday 30 May with information sessions starting at 3pm and again at 6pm, to include presentations by members of the Trust Board at 3.30pm and again at 6.30pm and plenty of opportunities to ask questions and talk in more detail about what the role of a governor involves. Staff from several of the Trust’s key patient services, including health promotion, will be on hand to offer advice and help to people on a range of health topics, from contraception to physiotherapy for aches and pains.

People who are interested in putting themselves forward as NHS governors will first need to sign-up as members of Derbyshire Community Health Services new foundation trust, which is open to all and which they can do on the day if they are not already among the 3,600 signed-up public members.

Tracy Allen added: “We are excited about becoming a foundation trust. We are committed to equality and diversity and we want to ensure that our membership profile and the make-up of our Council of Governors reflect our local community. Governors will hold us to account for delivering the strategy and objectives we develop with them and our commissioners and stakeholders.”

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust is one of the largest providers of specialist community healthcare in the country with an annual income of approximately £184 million.

More information about joining the membership of Derbyshire Community Health Services’ new foundation trust and more about the role of becoming a governor is available by clicking on the link or by emailing members@dchs.nhs.uk or by ringing Jo Chick, Membership Officer, on 01773 599482.