Information for staff members

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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.

Benefits of being a Staff Member

As a Staff member, you decide exactly how much you want to be involved.  For example, you may simply wish to vote for the representative that you want to be elected as a Staff Governor alongside receiving updates via MFT’s Membership newsletter.  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
  • 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
  • Standing for election as a Staff Governor

Standing for Election as a Governor of our NHS Foundation Trust

As outlined above, one of the key ways that Staff Members can become more involved in the work of our Trust is through our Council of Governors with eligible Staff Members being able to put themselves forward as a Staff 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 Staff Governors being directly elected from and by Staff 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 Staff Members electing 7 Staff 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.  Further details, including Staff Governor seats to be filled, are outlined below:

Elections are being held for the following Staff Governor positions:

  Staff Governors

Three (3) Staff Governor seats are open in the following Staff Classes:
Staff Classes Seats open for election
Nursing & Midwifery One (1)
Other Clinical One (1)
Non-Clinical & Support One (1)

 Please note that during our current 2019 Governor Elections, there are NO Staff Governor seats which are open for election in the ‘Medical & Dental’ Staff Class

 The nomination process has now completed – please see the ‘Summary of Valid Candidates’.  Should any nominee with to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to the Returning Officer (Ciara Norris) by 5pm on Thursday, 8th August 2019.





0208 889 9203

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

For all contested staff classes, voting will open on Friday, 23rd August 2019. Voting will close at 5pm on Friday, 13th September 2019.

Important Membership Information

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

  1. 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, the automatic enrolment for new staff joining the Trust to become a Staff Members is currently temporarily on hold until the election closing date of Friday, 13th September 2019 at 5pm.  Any Staff Membership queries in the meantime should be directed to 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 Staff Membership Details or Opting-Out of Membership

We automatically enroll 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 below).

The 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 of 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:

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