Foundation Trust Member Area

What is a Foundation Trust?

On February 1st 2008 Tameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust became an NHS Foundation Trust, and was known as Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

Foundation Trusts are still part of the NHS and subject to rigorous inspections like the rest of the NHS, but patients, staff and local residents have a greater say in how those standards are met and developed. This allows Foundation Trusts to tailor their services to best meet the needs of the local community.

Foundation Trusts still have a Trust Board which consists of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. These Directors are legally responsible for the running of the Trust, and consult with Governors and Members on issues of strategic importance.

We believe that Foundation Trust status brings real benefits for our patients, our staff and the local community.

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is a newly formed Integrated Care Organisation formed on the 1st September 2016. The Trust is using the Foundation Trust licence of the former Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which was established as a Foundation Trust on February 1st 2008.

What does it mean to be a Foundation Trust?

  • The Trust has responsibility for determining our own destiny – which means we are able to make faster decisions and have greater flexibility to provide services to meet local needs
  • The Trust has stronger links into our communities – which means greater accountability to our patients, local people and partner organisations
  • The Trust has increased organisational development opportunities – which means we can grow and develop as an organisation, and rise to the challenge of providing high quality local services
  • The Trust is able to deliver service improvement more quickly – which includes taking advantage of new ways to raise funds and access capital
  • The Trust has greater financial freedom – ability to plan and manage our finances with increased clarity, certainty and stability

What do members do?

One of the most important features of an NHS Foundation Trust is the establishment of a Council of members.

Our members are the driving force behind out Foundation Trust and help us to move forward. We already have one of the highest membership of any Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester, with almost 25,000 public members and 3,617 staff members. However, their contribution has proved invaluable and we always welcome more members.

Your feedback is really important to us - it's how we find out what we are doing right and what you'd like to see happen in the future.

There are no fees or obligations and you can be as active as you like – from receiving literature such as the quarterly Trust Magazine, to attending meetings and voting in Governor elections or even standing as a Governor yourself.

The members of our Foundation Trust will:

  • help make the Trust more accountable to local people, and better able to listen to local views
  • vote in the election of people to sit on and represent you on the Council of Governors
  • be able to stand for election to the Council of Governors

What are the benefits of being a member?

As a member of our Foundation Trust you will be able to help shape the future of Tameside Hospital.

As a member you will receive:

  • entitlement to join NHS discount scheme website, which provide Great deals, savings, helplines, offers and more. http://www.nhsdiscounts.com/en
  • Please check out latest news section to find out more about what's happening in your hospital
  • Invitation to meetings like constituency meetings.

Who can become a member?

To become a member of our Foundation Trust, you need to be one of the following:

  • a Tameside or Glossop resident
  • have been a patient at hospital in the last five years
  • be a member of Trust staff or a volunteer

and

  • are over 16 years old
  • agree with the principles and objectives of the Foundation Trust.
  • are not a "vexatious complainant" as defined in the Trust Complaints Policy.
  • have not been the subject of official action by the Trust for acts of violence and aggression against hospital staff.
  • are not a registered Sex Offender.
  • from the rest of England and Wales who has a connection with the hospital

How to become a member?

Membership of our Foundation Trust is free and, remember, it is completely up to you how much you get involved.

Council of Governors

As you will know, when we invite members of the public to join as members of the Foundation Trust, we explain that membership gives rise to a number of possibilities.

Some members may wish to become more actively involved with the Foundation Trust, and may be interested in standing to represent their particular locality on the Foundation Trust's Council of Governors. An election to this seat has to take place in line with the Constitution of the Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

All Foundation Trusts must have a body of governors who are responsible for representing the interests of Members, patients, carers, staff and partner organisations.

The Council of Governors consists of 15 public members, plus 7 staff members and 6 appointed members from partnership organisations, such as the Primary Care Trust and the two Local Authorities - Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and High Peak Borough Council.

All Foundation Trusts must have a body of governors who are responsible for representing the interests of Members, patients, carers, staff and partner organisations.

To find out more information about the work of the governors and how to become one, visit the Council of Governors Page.

If you would like to become a member, please contact our membership office on 0161 922 6005 or send an email to membership@tgh.nhs.uk.

How to be a member

Foundation Trust Membership is free and it is completely up to you how much you get involved. Please refer to the publication NHS Constitution on the home page for more information.

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Complete our membership form