What is an NHS Foundation Trust?

Foundation Trusts are a new type of NHS Trust. They were first introduced in April 2004 and are based on the mutual organisation model in that those living in communities served by the Foundation Trust can become members. Foundation Trusts therefore have a duty to engage with their local communities and encourage local people to become members. They are still a part of the National Health Service, but are run locally instead of by the Government. Because it is run locally, the East London NHS Foundation Trust is able to provide better services and is more accountable to local people. We are very keen to enlist your support in helping to continue this important work.

Foundation Trust Membership: Join today!

Being a member of East London NHS Foundation Trust is free and you can decide how involved you would like to be. You may simply want to receive our membership newsletter, "In Your Trust", attend our Consultation Events and Annual Members Meeting or you may want to stand for election to the Council of Governors. It's totally up to you!

You can:

Receive our quarterly newsletter- "Trusttalk" to learn more about Trust developments and receive membership news

  • Elect Governors to represent you on the Council of Governors
  • Help us to shape our plans for the future and become more accountable and better at listening to the views of staff, service users, carers and the local communities we serve by attending our Consultation Events
  • Join us in tackling the stigma and discrimination that service users face by joining Trust staff at engagement events in the community
  • Take an active part in the life of the Trust, by becoming a Trust Volunteer or joining local Trust groups such as your local community care forum or acute care forum
  • Provide an important link for us into the wider community
  • Stand for election to the Council of Governors.

Who can become a Trust member?

Any member of the public over the age of 12 can become a member provided they live in the area we serve (City of London, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Luton, Bedfordshire) or any other areas in England.

We are committed to encouraging all people who are eligible and have an interest in mental and physical well-being to become members of the Trust.

We aim to have an active membership that fully reflects the people and communities we serve. For example, we want to ensure that ethnic minorities and young people are well represented in our membership.

Membership Information and Application Forms

Click here to apply for Trust Membership. If you need more information please contact the Membership Office on 0800 032 7297 or email: membership@elft.nhs.uk.

Staff Membership

The Trust adopts an 'opt-out' approach to staff membership, whereby all staff on permanent contracts or on fixed-term contracts that run for 12 months or longer automatically become members, unless an individual specifically wishes not to. Staff who are seconded from partner agencies and bank staff in post or on contracts longer than 12 months will be invited to stand for and/or vote in Staff Governor elections.

Staff whose employment ceases with the Trust will no longer be a staff member. However, providing they remain resident within the geographical area served by the Trust, they will automatically become eligible for public constituency membership if not disqualified from membership for any reasons stipulated in the Constitution.

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