Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust is aiming to become one of the first Community Foundation Trusts in the country.
Throughout the summer, LCH will be asking residents of Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St. Helens and Halton to sign up to become a member of LCH and have a greater say in how community health services are run.
Becoming a member of the Trust is completely free of cost, and anyone aged 12 years or over and living in these areas can sign up.
Bernie Cuthel, Chief Executive, said: “Becoming a Foundation Trust is about providing a flexible and responsive healthcare service for local residents.
“Having an active and engaged membership will enable us to strengthen our accountability to individuals, families and communities in how we deliver different community health services.
“Our services cover everything from district nursing, dental services, GPs and walk in centres, to dieticians, sexual health services, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, vaccinations and much more besides. Being a member of LCH gives people the opportunity to help shape some of these different services to match local needs.”
Over the coming weeks, a team of staff will be out and about with the ‘I Love LCH’ van, raising awareness of the Trust and encouraging people to sign up as members.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to find out more about what LCH does and how they can play an active part in supporting their local NHS community trust.
LCH aims to recruit at least 2,500 public members by October 2012, who will then be able to elect 13 public governors to represent their views on its Council of Governors.
Bernie added: “For the first time ever residents will be able to become members and governors of the Trust, share their views and help change and improve their health services.
“During the membership recruitment, we want to meet and hear views from as many people as possible, so please do look out for our ‘I love LCH’ van, or go to our website and fill in a membership application form online.”
Frances Molloy, Chair of Liverpool Community Health, also said: “We are very excited about recruiting local people to become the foundation of our trust.
“Our membership will give a real voice to local people, helping LCH to shape future investments in community health and provide the very best services for our communities.”
The Membership team will be at: Church Square Shopping Centre in St Helens on 5 July, Halton Lea Shopping Centre on 7 July and Crosby Town Square on 12 July.
To find out more go to www.liverpoolcommunityhealth.nhs.uk
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