By becoming a member of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust you will have a direct influence on how local NHS services are developed for the benefit of you and your family.

Membership is free and it is entirely up to you how involved you are.

What is a Foundation Trust?

While remaining firmly and fully within the NHS, Foundation Trust status allows extra freedoms and opportunities. One of the most exciting of these is to involve local people in our activities.

As a Foundation Trust we have a membership base made up from members of the public, patients and our staff. From within this membership we have an elected Council of Governors that is responsible for helping our Board of Directors shape future strategies and plans. Local residents, patients and our staff can become much more closely involved in the running of their hospital services.

All NHS Foundation Trusts require authorisation from NHS Improvement (previously Monitor) which regulates NHS Foundation Trusts. The Trust's Terms of Authorisation and its Constitution can be found on NHS Improvement's website.

Why should I become a member?

The Government set up NHS Foundation Trusts to enable hospitals with good track records to have more freedom from central control and to develop their plans for local services with local people. As a member, you will have a direct influence on how local NHS services are developed for the benefit of you and your family.

What will becoming a member mean?

Membership is free and after joining it is entirely up to you how involved you become. We will send you newsletters (approximately twice a year) outlining any developments of our services and facilities.

This may be as much involvement as you want, or you may wish to play a more active role by coming to our Board of Governors meetings in public, by voting in elections for our Governors or even standing for election yourself - but all of this is up to you! We also host Medicine for Members events 2 or 3 times a year which are free for Foundation Trust members to attend. Please click here for details of the next event.

Become a member

We want as many members as possible to make it truly representative of the people we serve. If you are interested in becoming a member, please take the time to complete the electronic form or contact us at the address below:

Foundation Trust Membership

Foundation Trust Membership Office
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
Harton Wing

South Tyneside District Hospital
Harton Lane
South Shields
NE34 0PL
MembershipOffice.STFT@stft.nhs.uk

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