Trust extends thanks to former Governor

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust extends its sincere thanks to former Governor Karen Braysher after her tenure as a governor for the Trust formally ended this year.

Karen was elected to SPFT’s Council of Governors as a service user governor in 2009,  representing Brighton & Hove until September 2018.

Karen’s many achievements during her tenure included:

  • Being instrumental in setting up the Trust’s Charity Heads On and being a member of the Charity Committee, helping to contribute to its ongoing development and success.
  • Serving for five years on the Membership Committee, where Karen was chair for four of these years.
  • Being instrumental in having the Blue Plaque installed at SPFT’s Aldrington House in Hove as a commendation to Dr Helen Boyle who was a ground breaking pioneer in mental health services for women and    girls during the late 1800s and 1900. Dr Boyle was the first woman GP in Brighton and Hove and was recognised internationally for the mental health services she provided in Brighton and Hove.
  • Coming up with the idea of establishing a choir at SPFT’s Mill View Hospital in Hove – something we anticipate launching in 2019.
  • Always being a passionate advocate for people with bipolar disorder 

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Council of Governors has 34 members. Governors meet quarterly and have a responsibility to hold the Board of Directors to account and represent the views of all members of the Trust, as well as the people it cares for, their families and carers.

Our governors play a huge role in helping to shape future services for our communities.  SPFT is very grateful to Karen for all her dedicated hard work over the years. The Trust has learned a lot from Karen’s experience and been able to improve the support it provides to Governors as a result of her tenure.