Become a member
Being a member of a Foundation Trust gives you the chance to have your say about how it is run.
Here, you will find information about what being a member means to our patients and the local community, and the way you can help us decide how the future will look.
What are NHS Foundation Trusts and how do they work?
NHS Foundation Trusts are free from government control and able to develop services to suit the needs of their local community. They are still part of the NHS family and continue to be subject to NHS quality standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection. Most importantly, these Trusts are accountable to staff and local people through members and an elected council of governors, who work closely with the Trust’s board of directors to influence decision making and strategic planning.
How do you become a member?
Becoming a member of our trust is simple and free.
All you need to do is complete a form expressing your wish to become a member and return it to us.
Contact the Membership Office to request an application form.
Contact membership office
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust,
Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
Once we have received your completed form, we will confirm your membership and send you further information.
What will becoming a member mean to you, our patients and the local community?
As a member you:
- Can have your say in how the Trust develops its services
- Will receive regular information on Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Can become involved in specific projects where your personal views on our services will offer a valuable perspective
- Will receive invitations to events, meetings such as our annual general meeting and presentations on health issues that interest you
- Will receive invitations to meet your governors to discuss any issues
- Be able to vote in elections to the Council of Governors
- Be eligible to stand for election to the Council of Governors
- Be able to attend regular meetings
- Will receive a membership card
What will I need to do as a member?
How involved you become is entirely up to you – there is no requirement to attend meetings or take part in elections. You may simply wish to be kept informed of developments and issues via the newsletter.
How does it work?
Our membership is made up of staff, public and patients. We also have a council of governors which is made up of governors who represent our staff, members, the public and key stakeholders.
We also have a Board of Directors which has primary responsibility and accountability for the operation of the Trust.
Who can become a member?
Membership is open to anyone who:
- is over the age of 16
- lives within our defined membership area
- has been a patient of the Trust, or the carer of a patient, at any time during the seven years preceding the date of application
- is employed by QE Gateshead (all staff are automatically members unless they choose to opt out).
Our latest AGM
Our last Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Members’ Meeting took place on Wednesday 29th September 2021
We invited our members, the public, Governors, staff and valued stakeholders to join us as our Board of Directors formally presented our Annual Report, Accounts and Quality Report for the year ended March 31st 2021.
We looked back at what has been an unprecedented year for us all and heard about how our fantastic teams continued to work incredibly hard to look after our patients in Gateshead and beyond. We also heard from some of our teams involved in delivering innovations and service developments over the last year.
We looked ahead to the future, hearing from QE Facilities, our subsidiary company, about the exciting news that we are the first NHS body in the country to start manufacturing FFP3 face masks.
The agenda and papers for the meeting are online and you can also view a recording of the meeting via the YouTube.
The Council of Governors Elections for 2021 have now ended. Please look out for details on the Elections process for next year in early Autumn 2022.
Election to the Council of Governors 2021.
Further to the deadline for the nominations for the election of Friday 15 October 2021, the election process is now closed.
Please see below the statements of the nominated candidates:
The following constituencies are uncontested:
Elections were held in the Western and Staff constituencies. See the Notice of Poll (to be added as a resource)
Voting opened on Monday 8 November 2021 and closed at 5.00pm on Wednesday 1 December 2021
The Elections for the Western and Staff constituencies have now closed. See the Report of Voting to be added as a resource).
I want to become a member
The postal address for the membership office is FREEPOST NAT14353, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, NE9 6BR.