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Our Foundation Trust members play an active role in helping to shape local services for the future.
You can make a difference…
- Have your say about local health services and issues that are affecting you, your family, neighbours and friends
- Membership provides a great opportunity for the local community, patients, staff and partners to get involved in our work, share their experiences and have a much bigger say in the way the local health services are run.
- You can decide how involved you would like to be. You might choose to receive updates, you might like to comment on our plans and take part in events. Alternatively, you may consider standing for election as a Governor on our Council of Governors. The choice is yours!
- The larger and more involved our membership is, and the more closely it reflects the different communities we treat as patients, the better. We aim to deliver the best in care and make improvements based on what say. We need as many interested people as possible to join us – and we’d love you to be one of them.
- Join us today – it’s quick and easy and it won’t cost you a penny.
By becoming a Foundation Trust we will be accountable to our public and the local communities we serve.
We will have greater freedom and flexibility to determine how to deliver services which meet local priorities and deliver our aims.
Through membership we will listen to your views and opinions which will help us to influence decisions about the Trust’s future.
What is Membership?
NHS Foundation Trusts will strengthen local ownership of and responsibility for hospital services.
Major decisions about local health services will no longer be taken by the Government; they will be taken with local communities.
Staff, patients and members of the public are eligible to become members from which a Council of Governors will be elected.
Who can become a Member?
Membership is free and open to anyone aged 14 years.
What are the Benefits of becoming a member?
By becoming a member you can:
- have a say in what we do
- help shape our future plans for services and the Trust
- receive the newsletter The Bridgewater Community News
- be involved in focus groups or surveys about our services
- be invited to events and health talks
- elect Governors to represent your views
- stand for election as a Governor yourself
- be involved as much or as little as you wish
How can I become a member?
You can fill in our online form here; alternatively you can complete a paper application form.
For a copy of the form, please contact the Membership Team on 01942 482672 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I am already a member of another Trust?
You can apply to be a member of as many Foundation Trusts as you like.
We encourage our members to support their local trusts as we work closely with neighbouring trusts to provide integrated local healthcare.
How much of my time will membership take?
How much time you choose to give to being a member is up to you. You can decide how involved you would like to be.
You might choose to receive updates, you might like to comment on our plans and take part in events.
Alternatively, you may consider standing for election as a governor on our Council of Governors.
How much will it cost me to become a member?
Nothing. Membership is free.
For further information contact our membership office at:
17 Beecham Court
Smithy Brook Road
Telephone 01942 482672