Theresa Mercer, from Lake is the 2000th new member of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
Theresa signed up to become a member of the Foundation Trust when she saw an advertisement in the local media. Teresa volunteers at the hospital having spent many years nursing her husband who suffered with a brain tumour.
“Volunteering is a way of giving back some of the excellent care my husband has received and has really given me confidence to get back into the workplace. It has helped me as much as I have helped other people. At the end of the day I feel have done something worthwhile”
Volunteering is just one of the opportunities offered to Foundation Trust Members.
Gemma Cooke from Ryde was the lucky winner of Wightlink passenger return tickets at The County Show on 29th June, selected from over 145 new members who signed up on the day.
“I want to support our local services and signed up to join the Foundation Trust but I wasn’t expecting to win anything at the show so it was a brilliant surprise to find out I had got the free tickets!” said Gemma.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust is applying to become an NHS Foundation Trust which will bring important benefits to the Island. It will enable the IOW NHS to be more innovative, efficient and improve quality to provide even better services to patients. An NHS Foundation Trust is made of up of members who elect a Council of Governors.
“We have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response to support local services. We are busy putting together membership packs for our new members with information on the Trust and NHS which are being sent out during August,” said Margaret Eaglestone, Membership Officer. “We do however need more people who live on the mainland but work on or visit the Island on a regular basis, young and middle aged people and those from ethnic backgrounds to apply to be members.”
Anyone from the age of 11 can become a member. A member can have a say on their local NHS and help us shape our future plans for the services, get involved in focus groups or surveys on services, get invited to events and health talks, elect Governors to represent their views, stand for election as Governor, get discounts from high street retailers and receive an invitation to the Annual General Meeting. A member can choose to be involved as much or as little as they want. It is voluntary and free of charge, but Members do not receive preferential treatment.
The IOW NHS Trust attended the Chale Show and will be at the Garlic Show, the Scooter Rally and other events over the summer talking to people about the Trust so look out for NHS crew in your area. New members are welcome.
The Trust aims to recruit 6,000 members by April 2017. We expect to hold our first elections to the new Council of Governors in 2014. The Council of Governors will comprise 14 members of the public (13 from the Island), 5 members of staff, 1 NHS volunteer and 5 stakeholder Governors. Patients and everyone who uses Isle of Wight NHS Trust services are encouraged to Make A Difference by signing up as members. You can do so:
· Online at www.iow.nhs.uk/ft
· E-mailing us at [email protected]
· Writing to us at FREEPOST RTAL-URKZ-GSHK, Membership Office, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, South Block, St. Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Road, NEWPORT, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG
· Phoning us on 01983-822099 ext 5703
The majority of services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust are commissioned and funded by Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS England and Isle of Wight Council.