Membership is free and it is entirely up to you how involved you are.
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.
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.
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 Application Form
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
South Tyneside District Hospital
If you are already a member and need to update your address details, please fill in the form below: