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Being a foundation trust governor gives me a voice for patients and staff

Staff governors can influence foundation trust policies, as community district nursing sister Janet Briers has discovered for herself.

‘I saw being a nursing staff governor as the first step towards making a difference,’ says community district nursing sister Janet Briers.

After finding out about the governor post at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through a trust-wide email, Ms Briers applied for the role because she felt ‘the voice of community services needed to be heard’.

Janet Briers is ‘helping to ensure the voice of community services is heard at board level’

‘I wanted to represent community nursing at the trust to make sure the issues faced by patients and staff were aired,’ says Ms Briers. She now performs the staff governor role in addition to her nursing duties.

The application process for the post involved


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