Mental health network

MHN opens nominations process for new board members

Sean Duggan

The Mental Health Network (MHN) is currently seeking nominations to four positions on its board: two service user representatives, one chief executive representative and one healthcare practitioner representative.

Representing a constituent group on the Mental Health Network board is an opportunity to shape the work of the Network and become involved in shaping mental health policy and practice on a national level.

Through this election the Mental Health Network wishes to ensure that its Board is more reflective of the population served by mental health services. We therefore welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds and gratefully receive all nominations of individuals with protected characteristics.

Terms on the Mental Health Network board last three years and the board meets four times a year. The MHN constitution including a Code of Conduct for Board Members is available to download.

NHS chief executive representative position

Nominees for the NHS chief executive representative can come from any statutory NHS provider organisation in Mental Health Network membership.

Healthcare practitioner representative position

Nominees for the healthcare practitioner in active substantive clinical practice representative can come from any organisation in Mental Health Network membership.

Service user representative positions

Nominees for the Service user representative positions can come from any organisation in Mental Health Network membership.

Service user representatives sit on the MHN board on behalf of members to provide expert advice, reflect service user views and contribute to the work of the Network on policy and service development.

Service user representatives receive a £200 allowance per meeting, including preparation time, along with reasonable expenses. The Network supports representatives who require the support of an advocate.

Nominations

Nominees for the healthcare practitioner position can submit forms directly to mentalhealthnetwork@nhsconfed.org.

For the service user representative positions we ask that the decision on who to stand on behalf your organisation is made locally by members.

As such, nominations for service user representatives are being accepted via the chief executive or nominated colleague’s office.

Nomination forms should be returned to mentalhealthnetwork@nhsconfed.org by 17:00 Friday 1 June 2018.

Further information

If more representatives than positions available put themselves forward from across membership for a position, then we will follow an election process and ballot information will be circulated to member organisations accordingly.

New board members will join the board from the Network’s 24 July board meeting at the NHS Confederation offices in London.

If a conversation to discuss further or clarify any points would be helpful, please contact Chloe.Knight@nhsconfed.org or phone 020 7799 8708.

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