Foundation Trust Membership
A personal invitation from our Chairman
I would like to encourage you to become a member of Southend
University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
If you are 12 years of age or older and live anywhere in Essex,
whether or not you are currently a patient at the hospital, you are
welcome to apply for membership. It is vital to our success as an
NHS Foundation Trust hospital that our members reflect
the diversity of our local population. We will be equally
pleased to hear from you if you are a near neighbour of the
hospital or if you live further afield in Essex.
You might wonder why you should join a Foundation Trust that is
not 'your own' local hospital. There are a number of reasons
- mainly that you have an interest in how hospitals deliver
healthcare and you want to see them continuing to improve.
- All hospitals will eventually become NHS Foundation Trusts
- Membership of more than one will enable you to see, hear and
compare how they plan to improve services. This may cause you
to challenge or have increased confidence in your own hospital's
Membership will mean being kept informed and being consulted on
the work and plans of the hospital, entitlement to vote in the
election of the board of governors and, if you are 16 years or
older, to stand for election as a governor. The board of governors
will be responsible for reflecting the views of the public,
patients, carers and hospital workers to the board of
We are very proud of the reputation of our hospital. We strive
to put patients first and provide high quality healthcare services.
We believe becoming an NHS Foundation Trust gives us greater
freedom to respond more closely to the needs of the local
population. I hope you and your family and friends will accept my
invitation to join the growing number of public members -
currently over 16,000. The more there are, the stronger
their voice becomes.
Please click here to download an application
form; alternatively you can call our freephone helpline on 0800
0185202 to apply.
ALAN TOBIAS OBE
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