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Membership

become a memberWe are committed to establishing a truly representative membership and welcome members from all backgrounds and protected characteristics including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation (this is not exclusive of other diverse backgrounds).

Being a member of an NHS Foundation Trust means that you can have a real say, through your elected representatives (Governors), in shaping future services and strategic planning.

You decide how involved you want to be - you may simply want to receive a newsletter about the Trust's activities or you may want to stand for election to the Council of Governors, which works with the Board of Directors.

About the Manchester Single Hospital Service

Plans are being progressed to create a new, city-wide hospital Trust which will provide much better, safer, more consistent hospital care that's fit for the future for people living in the City of Manchester, Trafford, and beyond.  As part of these plans Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) will join together to create a new Foundation Trust (in October 2017) called Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).  Then, the plan is for North Manchester General Hospital (which is currently part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) to join the new organisation around 12-18 months later.

In order for the merger to take place, we need to have the approval of both Boards of Directors (the people responsible for all aspects of operation and performance including setting corporate strategy) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as well as a satisfactory risk rating from NHS Improvement (NHS I).

On 1 August 2017 the CMA announced in its final independent report that it has cleared the merger between CMFT and UHSM as it will be of overall benefit to patients. You can read more about this announcement here.

As well as the above approvals, and as part of the assurance process, the Council of Governors (elected representatives for members and the public) of both UHSM and CMFT will then be asked to vote upon whether the appropriate process has been followed by the Boards in relation to the merger.

Work on these processes is continuing and we remain on track to establish the new organisation on 1st October 2017, subject to that clearance.

Important Membership Information

As a member of CMFT, we greatly appreciate your support and want to offer you the opportunity to remain involved as a member of the proposed new NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). Your membership of CMFT will transfer automatically to MFT on 1st October 2017, unless you choose to opt-out by contacting the Foundation Trust Membership Office.

If you no longer wish to be involved as a member of this new NHS healthcare organisation (MFT), then please contact our Foundation Trust Membership Office in any of the following ways:

By E-mail (state in your e-mail that you wish to "opt out of the Trust's membership"):

ft.enquiries@cmft.nhs.uk

By Post (state in your letter that you wish to "opt out of the Trust's membership"):

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CMFT NHS Trust

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9WL

By Phone: 0161 276 8661 (office hours 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday; answering machine outside these hours)

If the proposed merger does not go ahead, you will remain a member of CMFT and we will retain your details on our database. If the merger is approved, during Autumn 2017, we will hold elections among staff and public members for the new Governors of MFT. Governors have a very important role as they are the link between members, patients, carers, the public and stakeholders and the Board of Directors.

For more information about the SHS programme of work, visit our 'About the Manchester Single Hospital Service Programme' webpage and/or come along to one of our briefing sessions for members (open to the public).

How to Join

If you, your family, friends or colleagues are interested in becoming a member, please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office for an application form, or join via our on-line Membership Application Form.  As outlined above, your membership will be automatically transferred to the new organisation (MFT) on 1st October 2017, unless you choose to opt-out by contacting the Foundation Trust Membership Office (details above).

Public Members

We hope that everyone who is or has been linked with our Trust in some way, including members of our local community, would like to join our NHS Foundation Trust. Membership is completely free and open to anyone aged 11 years or over who lives in England and Wales. This includes local residents, patients, carers and volunteers.

Staff Members

All staff become members automatically (subject to certain eligibility conditions) however are free to 'opt out' upon request to the Foundation Trust Membership Office.

Children and Young People

YPE 075Our Trust has an excellent reputation for treating children and young people from across Manchester and beyond. It is important to us that they have a voice in the way the services that they use are run and developed. Anyone aged 11 years or over can become a member of our NHS Foundation Trust. All they need to do is complete a membership application form, with the permission of their parents or guardians, following which they will receive our Children and Young People's Membership Welcome Pack. We also have a Youth Governor (aged 16 - 21 years) on our Council of Governors, nominated from our Youth Forum.

Membership Events

More students with humphreyEach year (around June/July) the Membership Team hosts a Young People's Open Day. Over the years, around 3,000 young people with their teachers, friends and parents have attended and not only gained an insight into our organisation, but also discovered more about career opportunities in the NHS, volunteering and work experience in our hospitals in addition to receiving health and well-being advice from our health experts. Our 2017 event was held on 27th June - click here to visit the photo gallery.

We also hold an Annual Members' Meeting at which the Trust's Board of Directors and Governors provide information about our performance and achievements. Our next Annual Members' Meeting will be held on 27th September 2017. If you would like to find out more about our Membership Events, please visit our Events webpage or contact the FT Membership Officer.

Your Views Matter to Us - Governor Contact Details

Governors are your voice and if you would like to share any views or comments regarding our forward plans or if you have any other ideas and suggestions, you can contact Governors directly - e-mail contact details are listed below each pen portrait on our Meet the Governors webpage.  Alternatively you can contact the FT Membership Office.

If you have a specific concern or complaint, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Membership Engagement

The Trust has developed a Membership Engagement & Membership Strategy which provides more detailed information on our Membership and Governors in addition to outlining how we actively engage, recruit and communicate with our Members.  If you have any views or ideas regarding our strategy, please forward them to the FT Membership Office.

Further Membership Information or Queries

For information about membership or any other membership queries (including any changes to your membership details or cancelling your membership for existing public and staff members), please contact our Foundation Trust Membership Office.

Help Us to Reduce our Carbon Footprint

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Our Trust has a Sustainable Development Management Plan which contains an action plan to reduce our carbon footprint and save valuable, natural resources.  One of our sustainability commitments is to reduce the number of documents that we print, and we hope that members will help us to achieve this. 

If you are happy to receive future membership information by email, please contact the FT Membership Office via e-mail ft.enquiries@cmft.nhs.uk or telephone 0161 276 8661 and provide us with your email address.   With your help we can put sustainability at the heart of everything that we do.

If you would like more information about Sustainability at our NHS Foundation Trust, please contact Claire Igoe, Sustainability & Energy Manager - claire.igoe@cmft.nhs.uk.