Local people are being invited to become a member of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) – the NHS organisation that runs a range of community, learning disability and mental health services in Barsnley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield – and help shape their local health services.
SWYPFT is a Foundation Trust – an NHS organisation that is based around membership. This helps the Trust work closely with local people to plan and deliver services that benefit local communities and members are represented by an elected Members’ Council. The Trust already has over 16,500 members and is now urging other people in the area to also sign up.
Steven Michael, Chief Executive of SWYPFT said, “It is important that we provide NHS services that are the best they can be and that meet local needs. There is already an established membership for the areas we serve, but we want to encourage more local people to join us as a member and work in partnership with us to ensure that the services we offer continue to meet the needs of local people. ”
Membership is free and you don’t need any special skills or experience to sign up. You just need to be interested in NHS services and the people the Trust cares for.
As a member you can:
•Have a say in the future of your local NHS
•Learn more about wellbeing and enrich your understanding of health issues
•Get information about the Trust and its work
•Elect local people to represent your views on our Members’ Council or stand for election yourself
Members can specify how much they want to be involved from just receiving a magazine about the Trust, to taking part in improvement initiatives. All members will be kept informed of any developments, improvements or consultations that may happen in the future and ways to get involved.
To find out more or become a member visit the Trust’s website www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01924 327567.
Local people can also stay up to date with the Trust on Twitter via @allofusinmind as well as find them on Facebook under ‘with all of us in mind’ – which is the Trust’s strapline, reflecting how services are planned and delivered.