Being a member
Why become a member?
By becoming a member of our Trust we can make sure that you are knowledgable about our services. That could be really helpful if a time comes when you or someone you care for needs the services we provide.
But becoming a member can be far more involved if you want it to be. The NHS belongs to us all and by becoming a member you can have a say in how it is run. It’s called accountability, and we take accountability very seriously.
We want our members to:
- help us learn from their experiences;
- have a say in how we run our organisation;
- have a say in deciding who runs our organisation;
- help us to change and improve our services.
Examples of this may be the way we provide patient information, how to improve employment opportunities for people, what our wards should look like, what type of services we should provide.
Becoming a member does not just benefit us; it benefits all the people we care for both now and in the future, because it helps improve our services. Can there be a better reason for becoming a member?
What do members do?
Our members have a range of opportunities to get involved and support their local services. Anyone who becomes a member will be able to:
- Receive our quarterly newsletter with lots of useful information about our services and items of local interest;
- Have a real voice in how we develop services for Sheffield through a variety of ways:
- by taking part in surveys;
- by joining focus groups on specific topics;
- by meeting Governors;
- by joining interest groups in the Trust;
- by attending special members’ events;
- Stand for election to become a Governor;
- Vote in elections to decide who the Governors will be.
We want our membership community to be active and involved, to help us to understand what is important, and to help us to continue to develop our ideas and services.
It is free to join and you decide how much you want to be involved – there is no pressure!
Who can become a member?
We have six different types of member: service user, carer, public, young service user or carer and staff members.
Service user members use our services or have used our services within the last five years. To see what services we provide look at our A-Z of Services or our Service Directory.
Carer members need to have cared for someone who has used our services within the last five years.
Young service user/carer members need to have either used or cared for someone who has used our services within the last five years and must be 35 years old or younger.
Public members need not have used our services at all, but must live within the Sheffield boundaries. The map below shows which areas of Sheffield fall into the four public constituencies.
Non-Sheffield members can live outside the Sheffield boundaries and do not have to have used our services.
Staff automatically become members but can opt out if they choose.
How can you sign up?
By phone 0114 2718825.
By requesting a membership form from:
Foundation Trust Office
Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Old Fulwood Road
Alternatively, click on the ‘Become a Member’ button to complete the membership application form online.