All qualifying members of staff are automatically invited to become Staff Members as we are confident that our staff will want to play an active role in developing quality services for both patients and staff.
The Staff Member Constituency is subdivided into the following staff classes:
- Medical & Dental
- Nursing & Midwifery
- Other Clinical
- Non-Clinical & Support.
Members can become more involved in the work of our Trust with one way being through our Council of Governors with Staff Members voting for Staff Governors during the election process (usually starts 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 the representative that you want to be elected as a Staff Governor 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 Staff 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
- Recruiting new members.
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 www.mft.nhs.uk
- Contacting the Foundation Trust Membership Office for a hard copy of the form via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0161 276 8661
Changes to your Staff Membership Details or Opting-Out of Membership
We automatically enrol our staff as members upon joining the Trust as we are confident that you will want to play an active role in developing better quality services for both patients and staff. Staff can however opt out upon request to the Foundation Trust Membership Office (details above).
Staff information that is received/collected is treated with the strictest of confidence, in keeping with Data Protection rules, not being released to third parties and is only processed and used to contact you about the Trust’s Membership and other related issues.
Please be aware that staff membership information is stored separately to the Trust’s Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and if any your personal details change, please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office, as well as notifying your Line Manager to update ESR.
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:
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MFT NHS Trust
Manchester M13 9WL
0161 276 8661 (office hours 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday; answering machine outside these hours)