What are Foundation Trusts?
Foundation Trusts are still part of the NHS and have to meet NHS standards in providing high quality, free healthcare. However there are some differences in the way they are run.
Membership of our NHS Foundation Trust is open to anyone aged 16 or over who live in Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and North Wales.
There are two categories of members for our Trust:
We aim to have a membership which is both representative and involved in the activities of the Trust.
Foundation trusts have:
- have freedom to decide locally how to meet their obligations
- are accountable to local people, who can become members and governors
- are authorised and monitored by an independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts
One of the most important differences is that foundation trusts are accountable to local people, patients, staff, members and governors. This means that local communities and our staff can have a say in how we provide our services.
Foundation Trusts are membership organisations which seek to recruit members from amongst staff and the public. An advantage of becoming a Foundation Trust is that there will be more freedom to explore different ways of developing our services, with new powers to enter into legal and financial agreements. Foundation Trusts are still closely inspected to make sure we meet rigorous NHS standards.
The independent regulator, Monitor and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulate all Foundation Trusts to ensure that they meet the required national standards of quality, care and financial sustainability.
The role of members
We want members to be involved with our hospitals and from time to time you may be invited to attend meetings and events. As a member you will have the opportunity to take part in surveys and special projects related to our services. None of this is compulsory and it is up to you how involved you are - you can be involved as little or as much as you want. You may opt just to receive a newsletter to keep up to date with developments.
As a member you will be able to stand for election and vote in elections for the Council of Governors, the body which will work with the Board of Directors to shape the future direction of our hospitals and our services.
You can join more than one Foundation Trust so do not worry if you already belong to another NHS Foundation Trust.
Being a member is a voluntary role and there is no financial benefit or cost. However there will be satisfaction in being able to help local health services.
To find out more about membership or become a member
Click here to get in touch with the Foundation Trust Office via email or you can give us a call on 0151 706 4648.