Membership is all about local people being able to have greater input into how the services provided by the NHS are developed and delivered. Here at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), we are dedicated to ensuring that our members are a real community of influence and are able to be as involved as they would like to be.
LPT provides a number of community based health services as well as community hospitals and in-patient services for people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities. We know that a vast number of people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland use the services we provide every single day. That is why it is so important that our communities are able to have their say in how the services are delivered.
We already have over 9,400 public, service user (patient) and carer members and we are keen to keep growing that number so that as many people as possible can be involved and have their say.
We are also keen to support our members in de-stigmatising issues such as mental ill-health as this is much more common than many people believe. It touches many of us. In fact, one in four people in this area will seek support from us for mental health problems during their lifetime - from mild depression, stress or anxiety to schizophrenia, eating disorders and dementia. Some of us will live with or know someone who is affected by mental ill-health. You may know or care for somebody with a learning disability. In the UK there are currently 1.5 million people living with a learning disability, and 200 babies each week are born with a learning disability.
If you are over 16 years of age and you'd like to become a member, read on!
Become a member
All LPT staff with a permanent contract of employment, or on a temporary/fixed term contract after 12 months, automatically become members of our staff constituency, although they do have the option to opt out if they wish.
If you would like to know more about what it means to be a member then read our NHS Foundation Trust Membership Strategy
. This sets out the aims and objectives of our membership scheme, highlighting the core purpose, values and definitions of membership and the high importance and commitment the Trust has to ensuring our members are a true representative of the communities we serve.
There are a number of ways that you can get involved. Some members have registered their interest in helping us with our PEAT (Patient Environment Action Team) inspections. Others have taken part in our Essence of Care audits which look at the quality of care patients' experience. Our members regularly receive invitations to participate in consultations and events.
If they wish, members can also put themselves forward for election as a governor. If you would like to know more, have a look at our governors page
If any of these activities are of interest to you, or if you would like more information, please contact the Membership office on freephone 0800 0132 530 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.