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What is the NHS West Sussex Membership Scheme?
NHS West Sussex has an established membership scheme that brings the public to the heart of the NHS in West Sussex.
Members can have their say on what NHS West Sussex is doing, and what they want it to do. These opinions will be listened to, and will help influence how the NHS plans health services, and spends taxpayers’ money.
Members can also talk with each other to share information and advice, or just to stay in touch. They will also get regular updates on what NHS West Sussex is planning, or how services are developing.
Membership is absolutely free, and you can participate as much – or as little – as you like.
A strong membership will help the NHS to learn more about what people in West Sussex want from their health service, and how local healthcare can be improved.
It’s your NHS, so if you live or work in West Sussex make sure you get involved and have your say.
- Influence issues that affect you.
- Help develop local services to make them better.
- Find out how the money is being spent.
- Get your voice heard.
- Help us become better at listening to the views of people who use our services.
- Help us provide excellent, high quality care.
- Vote for people to represent you on the Membership Council.
- Stand for election to become a member of the Membership Council.
Any member of the public over the age of 14* living or working in the area covered by NHS West Sussex can become a member of the Membership Scheme. This includes:
- Members of the public – anyone who lives or works in West Sussex
- Voluntary Groups and Community Groups
*if you are under 16 you will need to discuss membership with a parent or guardian.
The aims of the NHS West Sussex Membership Scheme
Our aim is to recruit a membership several thousand strong which is representative of West Sussex.
We want to:
- Create a dynamic membership scheme comprising people who are interested in local health services in West Sussex.
- Ensure the membership has real influence over the quality and type of services commissioned by NHS West Sussex.
- Ensure that NHS West Sussex listens and responds to the opinions and views expressed by the members.
- Develop a format that is responsive to the diverse rural and urban communities of West Sussex.
- Develop appropriate methods of communication to effectively engage the public and actively promote new forms of communication.
- Develop two-way communication between NHS West Sussex, individual service users, community and voluntary groups and frontline staff.
- Keep members informed of developments in health which are of particular interest to them.
- Serve as a forum for discussion and dialogue regarding the way in which NHS West Sussex conducts its work.
- To bring together groups of people who can be directly involved in specific areas of work within NHS West Sussex.
- To share information with the public in a way that is open and accessible.