Why become a member?

It’s free to become a member of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation trust and doing so is a great way of challenging the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health difficulties can sometimes face.

Members can include service users, carers, staff or local people with an interest in the trust.

Here are just some of the benefits and opportunities available to members of our trust:

  • Help shape the future direction of our trust through consultation and other ways of feeding back your views
  • Keep up to date with news and developments within our trust by receiving regular copies of our Trust Talk magazine
  • Be involved on issues of service development, improvement and change, by representing Members on working groups
  • Elect existing members to become governors
  • Enjoy a wide range of discounts at local leisure facilities, restaurants and retailers
  • Learn about volunteering and job opportunities within our trust
  • Be invited to attend member events and annual meetings

If you’d like to join our trust and take advantage of all the benefits and opportunities that are open to members, please email bsmhft.ftmembershipsm@nhs.net.

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 the information you provide will be held securely and will be used solely for the purposes of Foundation Trust membership registration and engagement.  Your information will not be passed to third parties without your consent.  If at any point you no longer wish to be a Member of our Trust please call 0121 301 1083 or email bsmhft.ftmembershipsm@nhs.net, and your details will be removed from our database.

Membership and General Data Protection Regulation

The GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation, a European-wide law, which  governs how organisations can collect, use and transfer personal data. It came into force on 25 May 2018  alongside the new Data Protection Act 2018.

As a Foundation Trust, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has a statutory requirement to develop and maintain a membership and it is necessary for us to process our members personal data to perform this task.  Our members are drawn from the public, people who use our services or care for people who use our services and staff. We request and securely hold data on our members, which they provide when joining our membership.

The data we hold on our members enables us to show that we are representative of the community we provide services for, to keep members updated through our quarterly Trust Talk Magazine via email or post and to invite all members to the Annual General meeting. We also engage with all members advising when the election for governors will be taking place, giving members the opportunity to nominate themselves to become a governor and to vote in elections for the council of governors.

Should you no longer wish to be a member of Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust please email  bsmhft.contactgovernors@nhs.net with your details or call 0121 301 1096 asking that your details be removed.

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