Residents interested in helping develop health and care services are being given the chance to get more involved.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding elections for residents to become public governors of the trust and fill 20 vacancies – which include four in Blyth Valley and three in Wansbeck.
The role of a public governor is to represent the views of local people and help build links between Northumbria Healthcare and the communities it serves.
Members of the public have until 5pm on April 10, to submit their nomination.
Nomination forms are available from Electoral Reform Service by calling 0208 889 9203, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, online at www.ersvotes.com/nhft17, or by texting 2FTNH with your name and address to 88802.
People must be a member of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust before they can put themselves forward as a candidate – and can be done by completing an online application form at www.northumbria.nhs.uk/get-involved/members-and-governors or by calling 0191 203 1296.
Alan Richardson, trust chairman, said: “Our public governors are the voice of local people and play a hugely important role in our trust.”
“They forge links with the many local communities we serve and help us to shape our priorities and develop local services.
“We’d urge anyone with an interest in healthcare to get involved and give our foundation team a ring on 0191 2013 1296 to find out more about the role.”