On 1st February 2009 we were authorised as a Foundation Trust. Foundation Trusts, while a new type of organisation, are still part of the NHS. As a Foundation Trust we provide the same NHS service and are subject to and monitored against national quality standards. However, we are subject to independent regulation by an organisation called Monitor, and are more accountable to the populations we serve through our members.
Membership is about the local community being involved in shaping our services so that they suit local needs.
Membership is free and voluntary. Our membership includes people who have used or are using our services, carers, and members of the public. Members must be aged 12 and over, and living in the Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley or Walsall area.
We want our members to play a major part in shaping the services we provide.
What can members expect from us?
As a member of our Trust you can expect to receive regular updates about what we are doing and what our plans are. You’ll be able to express your views about our future plans and influence the direction our service takes in the future. You’ll also have opportunities to join in a range of membership activities.
All our members over 16 years of age can stand to become public governors. Public governors stand in local constituencies, and are elected by members. To read more about what governors do click here.
Becoming a member is free and you can also register with Health Service Discounts and receive a wide range of great online discounts.
How do I become a member?
To become a member click here and fill out our online registration form. If you'd like to post the membership form to us then click here to download the paper membership form. You can then print it off, fill it in, and post it to us for free. Depending on how involved you’d like to be you can choose between three levels of membership:
- Bronze - Receive regular newsletters, invitations to membership events and information on being a governor
- Silver - Bronze level plus the opportunity to take part in surveys and comment on Trust services
- Gold - Bronze and Silver level plus the opportunity for greater involvement in other activities e.g policy development and appointment panels
You can change your level of membership at any time, and alert us about any changes in your personal details. Please use this form to change your details online.
How many public members do we have?
At the 6th September 2016, we had 6029 public members.
How can I find out more?
If you’d like more information about membership in our Trust, you can read our Membership Development Strategy here. This outlines how the Trust will recruit and engage with its members.
You can find out the latest membership news and events by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BCPFT