In 2006 we were one of the first NHS organisations in the country to become a foundation trust. This means we are accountable to the people we serve in Northumberland and North Tyneside and have greater freedoms to plan local services and respond to the needs and wishes of our communities.
Anyone can join us as a member of our trust to help shape local health services by simply completing our online form today.
- How do NHS foundation trusts work?
We operate within the same standards, principles and values of the NHS but have greater autonomy to work with local people, who have joined us as members to help influence decision making. We also have greater financial freedom to retain and reinvest any surplus money back into local services.
We are accountable to our local members via a body known as our Council of Governors, which works closely with our board of directors to help inform and influence our strategies and plans.
Our Council of Governors is made up of public and staff members who have been elected from each of our constituencies and includes representatives who have been co-opted from other organisations such as local councils, businesses and the voluntary sector. As a member, you will be able to vote for others to represent you and your local area on our Council of Governors, or even stand for election yourself.
- Why should I become a member?
If you’re as passionate about the NHS as we are then by joining us a member of our foundation trust you’ll have the opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas about the way we deliver care to over half a million people across Northumberland and North Tyneside. We’re a very forward thinking organisation and at the forefront of pioneering changes in the NHS so it’s a great time to join us.
You can be involved as much or as little as you like, from simply receiving voting papers to donating your time as a volunteer or standing for election to become a trust governor. It is absolutely free to become a member and you can opt out any time.
- What are the benefits of becoming a member?
By joining us a foundation trust member you will:
- be informed about our work
- vote for governors who help shape our services and priorities
- be able to stand as a governor
- benefit from NHS discounts in shops and online www.healthservicediscounts.com
- Are there different types of membership?
Yes, we recognise some people will want to be more involved than others so we have created two different options for member involvement:
If you would like to give us your thoughts and ideas but do not have a great deal of time to spare, this level of involvement may suit you. You will receive voting information only.
If you are interested in learning more about your local health and care services and would like to attend local events we’re holding or governor meetings, this is the level of involvement for you. You will receive voting information, e-updates and information about further involvement opportunities.
- Am I eligible to become a member?
Anyone who is over the age of 12 and you can be involved as much or as little as you want.
We have eight membership constituencies across Northumberland and North Tyneside and members are automatically allocated to the correct constituency using your postcode. If you live outside of our geographical area you will be allocated into the ‘rest of England’ constituency:
- Berwick upon Tweed
- Blyth Valley
- North Shields
- North West Tyneside
- Whitley Bay
Rest of England
- How do I join?
Join us today by filling in our simple membership form. So that we can regularly update you in a timely and cost effective way please provide us with your email address.