Information for public members

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In keeping with our current Constitution, patients, carers and the public are brought together in a single Public Member Constituency which is subdivided into the following areas:

Members can become more involved in the work of our Trust with one way being through our Council of Governors with Public Members voting for Public Governors during the election process (usually commences Summer/Autumn each year).

Our Council of Governors is responsible for representing the interests of members and influencing the Trust’s future plans. The Council of Governors is also responsible for recruiting and engaging with members and making sure that our membership profile reflects the communities that we serve.

Having a broad and representative membership community and a Council of Governors elected from and by our members is key to working together to better meet the needs of our communities.

As a member, you can decide exactly how much or little you would like to be involved. For example, you may simply wish to vote for Governors that represent your area and receive regular communication from us, such as newsletters and updates.

Or you may wish to play a more active role, including:

  • Standing for election as a Public Governor
  • Giving opinions and being kept informed of plans for future developments
  • Participating in surveys/questionnaires
  • Being involved and consulted on issues such as changes and improvements to services
  • Acting as an ambassador for your profession, area of expertise or interest group
  • Attending member events/open days
  • Being involved in health promotions/campaigns
  • Fundraising
  • Recruiting new members
  • Putting yourself forward for appointment as a Non-Executive Director when vacancies arise.

As part of the NHS membership application process, you will be asked to supply your personal data, with any data that you supply being used only to contact you about the Trust’s Membership or other related issues and will be processed for these purposes only.

Family and Friends – How to Join Membership of our NHS Foundation Trust

If you have a family member or friend who you think would be interested in becoming a public member of our Trust, application is easy, completely free and open to anyone aged 11 years or over who live in England and Wales with our Membership Application Form being available via:

  • An on-line Form and/or  by clicking the ‘Become a Member of our Trust – Membership Form’ button on our website www.mft.nhs.uk
  • Contacting the Foundation Trust Membership Office for a hard copy of the form via e-mail ft.enquiries@mft.nhs.uk or telephone 0161 276 8661

As part of the NHS membership application process, applicants will be asked to supply their personal data.  Any data supplied will be used only to contact members about the Trust’s Membership or other related issues and will be processed for these purposes only, being treated in the strictest of confidence, in keeping with Data Protection rules, and will not be released to third parties.

Changes to your Public Membership Details or Cancelling Your Membership

As part of the membership application process, the Department of Health asks NHS Foundation Trusts to capture information in relation to ethnicity, language and disability status etc. so that we can be sure that we are representing all sections of our communities. We therefore ask membership applicants to disclose this information during the application process with all information collected being confidential, in keeping with Data Protection Rules and is not released to third parties. If the information that you supplied as part of your initial membership application process has changed or changes in the future, please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office (details below).

If you are an existing public member and would like to cancel your membership, please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office (details below).

Contact our FT Membership Office

The Foundation Trust Membership Office will be able to assist if you have any queries in relation to Membership or Governors and can be contacted by:

Post:
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MFT NHS Trust
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9WL

Phone:
0161 276 8661 (office hours 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday; answering machine outside these hours)

E-mail:
ft.enquiries@mft.nhs.uk