Trust Governors

img94joktmu73284My name is Mike and I have been a volunteer at Rosewood Involvement Centre for just over three years now.

Currently, my main role as a Trust volunteer is in my capacity as a Public Governor. I was elected by the Trust membership of Nottinghamshire County at the beginning of 2016 for a three-year term. I sit on the Council of Governors, a body whose role is to gain assurance on behalf of the membership and the public, with regard to the organisation’s performance and with a particular focus on service quality.

Feedback has revealed that, nationwide, people generally do not know about NHS Councils of Governors (all Foundation Trusts have one, as they are a legal requirement). My hope is that this blog posting will help shed light on what role we play.

There are 37 governors on the Council, representing a wide spectrum of geographic areas and demographics. The exact makeup is as follows:

  • 21 Public, Patient and Carer Governors, representing Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County, South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw and the rest of England and Wales.
  • 8 elected Staff Governors.
  • 8 appointed Partner Governors, representing academic, business and charity links which make up the Trust’s network of partners in delivering care.

Being a governor really is what you make of it. There are endless opportunities to get involved; these include site inspections, asking questions about financial, staff and partnership issues. I very much value the opportunity to attend meetings on a wide range of subjects. My particular areas of interest are finance, staff and patient wellbeing, and development of the governor-public relationship.

We have four main Council of Governors meetings a year, in January, April, July and October of each year. These meetings include the Trust Board and Non-Executive Directors. In addition to this, we also have monthly meetings on a range of pre-agreed topics, replacing the former subcommittees which covered areas including Finance, Membership and Quality & Innovation.

By the time of publication, I will have undertaken my first site inspection as a governor, at Wathwood Hospital. I very much look forward to this experience and hope to learn more about the Trust’s work in secure settings.

My weekly visit to Rosewood allows me to feed back to patients, carers and the general public. I would like, however, to expand these opportunities and meet with a wider range of people. I plan to undertake these “governor surgeries” in the near future, and will definitely keep everyone informed!

Further information about the Council of Governors, as well as a list of Governor representatives, can be found here:


Hello, my name is Keith









Hi, my name is Keith and I am a Public Governor for the Trust. The area I represent is South Yorkshire and the rest of the East Midlands.

One of my main areas of interest as a Governor is to represent children and young people.

I retired from the Trust in December 2014 after having worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for 15 years.

One of my reasons for standing as a Governors was to improve the involvement of young people and to help them have a voice in the Trust.

Since becoming a Governor, with the help of the a colleague, we arranged a meeting where five young people, service users and ex-service users, met with the Trust Chairman. Our next objective is to help the young people set up a Youth forum.

These may only be small steps, but every great journey begins with a small step.

If you are aged 12 or over, you can become a member of the Trust and help us achieve greatness on our journey. Visit the Trust website to find out how!


Hello, my name is Mike.

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Mike at the CPA Good Practice Awards

Hello, my name is Mike.  I’m a volunteer at  Rosewood Involvement Centre in Ollerton. I started attending two years ago, when I was caring for a close family member with depression.

As everyone who has been a carer will know, it can be a time to show people how much you love and care for them, but it can also have incredibly negative effects on your own well-being.  The loss of the person you once knew, the fading away of your social life and free time, the increased stress, anxiety and isolation… all this can have alarming consequences for your own physical and emotional health.

That’s why it is essential that carers can have quality time for themselves, where they can be just like anyone else. Rosewood was just such a place for me. When I began attending,  I was unsure what to expect. I was made to feel at home and it was not long before I was fully immersed in the world of Involvement.

Being able to see that there were other people just like me assuaged my sense of loneliness and isolation. Learning that there were others who suffered badly from mental health conditions and recovered to live a normal life gave me hope for the future. I began to attend every session I could.

Making friends and getting away from my caring role was not the only benefit of Involvement. I was able to access a number of training opportunities which greatly enriched my personal and professional development. This included  Involvement Interview Training which consisted of a course learning how to conduct an interview. Once trained, I participated in interviews for potential Trust employees as part of a patient/carer panel. You can learn a lot to use for your own future experiences as an interviewee!

I was able to attend Training sessions to ensure best practice in the workplace such as safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, equality & diversity, manual handling and back care, deaf awareness, and food hygiene and safety.

I have been given the opportunity to tell my story of caring to a number of audiences, including Trust staff members. This is very important to me since you are in a position to advise staff on what works well and what could be done better. Any opportunity to help shape attitudes and practice is vital. After this, I was able to participate in the Care Programme Approach (CPA) training, which involved delivering a presentation.

Training played a part in  finding a role I love where I can use my experience to help others. I began this role in August 2014. Around the same time, the person whom I cared for made a full recovery from their  illness. Recovery is an on-going process, but there has been no relapse and our lives have returned to normal; full of health and happiness.

However, I know that this is not always the outcome; for many people with mental ill-health. It is something they have to face on a daily basis and often for the rest of their lives. Their well-being is no less important than mine. That is the reason why I still volunteer; advocating the role of Involvement in ensuring best practice within the Trust.

I stood for the role of Public Governor in the 2015 elections. To my surprise and gratitude, I was elected for three years!  I’m looking forward to advocating my views, holding the leadership to account, and hopefully inspiring other people in my former position to see that, yes, things can get better. We must never stop working to better the lives of those with mental health issues, and those who care for them.

Hello My Name is Lucy


Hi everyone, my name is Lucy and I am the Membership Officer for the Trust. I work in the Involvement Team and it is my job to communicate with members of the Trust. I am the first point of contact for anyone wishing to become a member, and for any membership enquiries. The Trust currently has 9700 public members and 8700 staff members.

Now that we are a Foundation Trust, we are what’s known as a ‘membership organisation’, which means we are accountable to our members and the communities who use our services, as well as their carers, family and friends.

We want members to be actively involved to help us continue to improve services. Members can be involved in the Trust in many different ways, from just receiving information, right through to standing for election as a Governor Member.

We recently held an election for 9 new Governor members. You can see the election results here. Thank you to all the members who voted.

If you are reading this and are not already a member, but would like to receive more information about Trust membership, please contact me on 0800 012 1623 or email More information can also be found here.



Hello My Name is Becky

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Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my first blog! My name is Becky Cassidy and I work with the Trust Governors at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Over a series of blogs I hope that you will read and understand more about what your Governors do and how you can get in touch with them. To start with you can find out more about your Governors by  using this link 

The Trust is currently in the middle of an election process where we are seeking to elect 9 new Governors. Why don’t you click on the link  and find out more on how to vote for your preferred candidate who can represent your views about Nottinghamshire Healthcare

In order to cast your vote successfully you must be a member of the Trust. There are many added benefits of being a member so I would encourage you to click on the link to join the Trust here if you haven’t already

Until next time….. Becky