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:

Benefits of being a Public Member

As a Public member, you decide exactly how much you want to be involved.  For example, you may simply wish to vote for the representative(s) that you want to be elected as a Public Governor alongside receiving regular and exclusive membership information (event invitations, newsletters and updates).  Or you may wish to play a more active role, including:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Standing for election as a Public Governor

Standing for Election as a Governor of our NHS Foundation Trust

As outlined above, one of the key ways that Public Members can become more involved in the work of our Trust is through our Council of Governors with eligible Public Members being able to put themselves forward as a Public Governor candidate and/or vote for the candidate(s) that they feel best represents their views, during the election process (usually starts Summer/Autumn each year) with Public Governors being directly elected from and by Public Members.

Our Trust has 32 elected and nominated (appointed) Governors who together make up our Council of Governors. The majority of our Governors (24 out of 32) are directly elected from and by our members (public and staff) with Public Members electing 17 Public Governors.

Governors are responsible for representing the interests and views of both our public and staff members alongside the general public, seeking performance assurance from our Board of Directors, and helping us to shape the Trust’s future priorities and plans:

  • On behalf of members, the Council of Governors sit around table with the Board of Directors to share both their and member’s views during decision-making processes and when formulating future plans
  • Members therefore have a voice, through the Council of Governors (their elected representatives), which ultimately helps us to shape our future service provisions to more meet our members’, and their family’s needs.

Governor Elections 2019 – Elected Voice of our Members (Public and Staff) and the general public, representing their interests and views

The Trust gives notice that it is holding elections to the Council of Governors of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – the nomination process has now completed with further details, including formal notices and candidates standing for election being available below:

Public Governors

Candidate/Governor Election Information Pack including Frequently Asked Questions

Seven (7) Public Governor seats are open in the following Public Constituencies:  Candidate Statements
Public Constituency Seats open for election
Manchester Three (3) Click here to see the candidates that are standing for election alongside their election statement 
Trafford One (1) Click here to see the candidates that are standing for election alongside their election statement
Rest of Greater Manchester


Two (2)

Click here to see the candidates that are standing for election alongside their election statement 
Rest of England & Wales One (1) Click here to see the candidates that are standing for election alongside their election statement 

Please note that during our current 2019 Governor Elections, there are NO Public Governor seats which are open for election in the ‘Eastern Cheshire’ Public Constituency

For all contested public constituencies, voting will open on Friday, 23rd August 2019 with voting instructions being distributed to qualifying members by post or e-mail:

  • Qualifying members who have received their voting instructions by post have the choice of casting their vote by returning the ballot paper by post or casting a vote online
  • Qualifying members who have received their voting instructions by email can cast a vote online only.
Membership Voting Methods


Votes can be cast by returning the ballot paper by post – open to qualifying members who have received their voting instructions by post only


Electoral Reform Services Limited
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road
London. N8 0NW


Votes can be cast online – open to qualifying members who have received their voting instructions by e-mail or post



All votes must be received by the Independent Scrutineer (Electoral Reform Services Ltd), at the address or website, above no later than 5pm on Friday 13 September 2019.

During this voting period, any qualifying member who has not received the voting information or has any queries regarding the voting information received, should contact the Returning Officer (Ciara Norris) via telephone 020 8889 9203 or email

Inquiries about replacement voting information should be directed to the Returning Officer (Ciara Norris) no later than noon on Tuesday 10 September 2019.

Important Membership Information

In keeping with the Trust’s Constitution, outlined in Rule 27, taken from NHS Provider’s Model Election Rules:

Eligibility to vote – An individual, who becomes a member of the corporation on or before the closing date for the receipt of nominations by candidates for the election, is eligible to vote in that election.

Therefore, new public member applications are currently temporarily on hold until the election closing date of Friday, 13th September 2019 at 5pm, following which your membership application status will be confirmed by the Foundation Trust Membership Office (details below). 

The regulations governing this election can be obtained from Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above The Independent Scrutineer for these elections is Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).

The Returning Officer for these elections is Ciara Norris of Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).

If you would like to find out more about the Governor role or election process visit our Governor ‘Elections’ webpage.

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.  A copy of MFT’s privacy notice can be found on the Trust’s website

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:

Freepost Plus RRBR-AXBU-XTZT
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9WL

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


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 online form  and/or  by clicking the ‘Become a Member of our Trust – Membership Form’ button on our website
  • Contacting the Foundation Trust Membership Office for a hard copy of the form via e-mail or telephone 0161 276 8661