Over 12,000 people sign up to support Pennine Acute Trust
OVER 12,000 people have now signed up as Foundation Trust public members to support and have a greater say in how their local hospitals are run in the future.
The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs North Manchester and Fairfield General Hospitals, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, and a range of community services, aims to become an NHS Foundation Trust.
As a Foundation Trust, Pennine Acute, its hospitals and community services will remain part of the NHS but will have much more freedom from central government to manage the way it runs the hospitals. In becoming a Foundation Trust, the Trust will become a membership organisation accountable to the population it serves across Greater Manchester.
Membership is free, with no obligation, and is open to anyone aged 14 and over.
John Jesky, Chairman of the Trust, said:
“We are really delighted and encouraged to have over 12,000 public members across the local communities we serve who have signed up to support the Trust, our staff and our services. Our membership is very important to us. Our public and staff members can make a real difference by helping us make the right decisions on our future plans and developments which will benefit the needs of our patients and their families.
“Local patients, public and staff can become members of the Trust and also over the next year stand for election as hospital governors. We want local people, our patients and our staff to have a greater say in how our hospitals and community services are run.
“Becoming a Foundation Trust is not about changing the patient services provided at our hospitals, but is about a change in the way our hospitals will be run and how decisions are taken in the future.“
As part of the Trust’s continued effort to recruit more public members, events have been held specifically encouraging young people (aged 14-18) to sign up to support their hospital with visits to local schools, colleges and youth centres. During the past twelve months over 600 young members have signed up to support the Trust and its’ application to become a Foundation Trust.
The Trust runs a series of free ‘Medicine for Members’ health talks, presentations and tours of services run by the Trust. These events are aimed at raising staff and public awareness of important health issues, and give the public the chance to learn about the different types of treatment and services provided at the Trust.
Forthcoming events include:
- 25 August – ‘Technology: helping our doctors connect better with patients’ health – presentation – North Manchester General Hospital, 2-3pm
- 3 September - ‘ A breath of fresh air’ (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chest) – North Manchester General Hospital, 2-3pm
- 16 September – Is your Ticker Tip-Top? (cardiac rehabilitation) – The Royal Oldham Hospital, 2-3pm
The Trust’s Annual Public Meeting will be held on Thursday 24th September at the Sheridan Suite, Manchester.
For more information or to become a member of the Trust visit online at www.pat.nhs.uk/foundationtrust or call Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302.
The public can also follow the Trust and its news and events on Twitter @pennineacutenhs
Pictured: FT members enjoying a recent Medicine for Members’ event on podiatry.