Get involved in your NHS community health services
06 August 2020

Get involved in your NHS community health services

More people are being encouraged to have a voice in the running of their NHS community health services.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT), which is the largest provider of community NHS health care across West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and the High Weald Lewes Havens area in East Sussex, has this week published its new Membership and Engagement Strategy in a bid to encourage more residents to come forward and help shape NHS services of the future.

Expert SCFT teams provide essential medical, nursing and therapeutic care to 9,000 adults, children and families across Sussex every single day. As a result, maintaining strong links with the communities the Trust serves is very important – and this is a key focus of the new strategy.

SCFT’s membership community already includes more than 10,000 patients, staff and members of the public, who play an important role in ensuring the Trust delivers the services its communities need.

The new membership strategy will see the Trust improve the way it engages with members, new and existing, as well as developing new opportunities for members to express their views and get involved in the development of services for patients. There will be a real focus on recruiting younger members and residents from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to really represent the diverse communities of Sussex.

Peter Horn, Chair of SCFT, said: “We know that people care very deeply about the NHS. Over the last few months our Trust has been overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity and compassion shown to us by our communities as we have worked to tackle coronavirus.

“Becoming a member is a really practical way for people to show their support, at the same time as having a real voice in helping us to shape and improve services.”

Signing up to become a member is quick, easy and free. By doing so, members can receive a regular newsletter, and take part in surveys and consultations about the Trust. Members will also have an opportunity to engage with Governors and the Board at the Trust’s Annual Members’ Meeting held every year – this year being held on Wednesday 9 September.

The full strategy can be read here.  

Sign up to become a member online here or call 01273 696011 ext. 1520.