Solent NHS Trust is on a journey to become a Foundation Trust and is actively seeking members of the public and people who use our services to influence decision making and service planning.
Membership allows individuals and communities to have ownership of their local provider of community and specialist mental health services. It is easy and free to join, and membership is open to people aged 16 and over living in Hampshire.
Foundation Trusts are still part of the NHS but they have greater freedom over how they are run and the involvement of local people. More power is given to the Trusts so decisions can be taken at a local level instead of nationally. NHS Foundation Trusts have greater financial freedom, which they can use to develop new services quickly according to local needs. By becoming a Foundation Trust Solent NHS Trust will become more accountable to our community.
Local people can now join the Trust as members and in return they will be able to help shape local services. As a member they will receive regular information about the Trust, be invited to events and health talks, stand and elect the governors, and take part in surveys and give their opinions.
Dr Ros Tolcher, Chief Executive of Solent NHS Trust, said:
"We're delighted to have started the journey towards Foundation Trust status. We can now plan for the future with a commitment to much greater involvement from members of the public, people who use our services and our staff.
Becoming a Foundation Trust represents a democratic and inclusive way of ensuring that we deliver health services that meet with the expectations of the communities we serve.’’
People can sign up as members on the Trust’s website. The Trust is looking for at least 6,500 members of the public to register their interest by becoming members.
Dr Tolcheradded: ‘’With the financial freedom that comes with Foundation Trust status, our members and governors will be able to help make decisions on how best to use resources on delivery services for the populations we serve. We are already working on a five year business plan, which members are being invited to contribute to.
We want people's views on our ideas for making the plans work and on how they can get involved. I believe that local people will be glad they signed up and feel that membership is worthwhile for them and their families.”
Notes for Editors:
Solent NHS Trust was created on 1 April 2011. We provide a range of community and specialist mental health services to over a million people in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire.
For more information please contact Charmaine Collins, Membership Manager, Solent NHS Trust on mobile 07920 783057.