The reasons for being a member


We’re working together for your wellbeing

Our vision is to be first and foremost “A Great Place for Care”. We believe that we can achieve this by also being a “Great Place to Care” and “A Great Place to Work”.

Those sentiments are fundamental in our approach, allowing the Trust to flourish and provide the very best services for our patients and their families.

As a Trust we are continually striving to become the best provider of Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Community Health and Wellbeing services that we can be, working in cooperation with our partners and stakeholders, delivering services today, whilst developing services for our patients and wider communities through our work programmes in the future. This approach is central to achieving our ambitions as we drive forward with those key work programmes alongside our partners across Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull and the wider West Midlands region.

Our collaborative work programmes include our: Sustainable Transformation Programme (STP) which impacts on physical and mental health services across Coventry and Warwickshire; MERIT Vanguard programme, which has seen a range of mental health initiatives developed across the West Midlands region; and the newly formed Transforming Care programme, (part of the NHS England agenda) focusing on learning disabilities across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

The process

As we progress with those programmes, our collective aim makes it easier for communities who use NHS services, including NHS staff and partner organisations, to have more influence over services. It also provides greater freedom to invest and manage finances and resources in a way that benefits our local communities. 

We believe our patients, their families, key partners and stakeholders should be an integral part of an informed, engaged and active membership. Our aim is to encourage our members to help us achieve ‘Our Great Place’. We want an accountable and engaged community to play their part in helping us, with our partners, to create high quality accessible services where they are needed.

We need to establish a membership that reflects our community. We look to involve our members in a comprehensive programme of activity wherever possible. These activities inform our community about the services we provide alongside our partners across our localities and neighbourhoods, as well as continuing a programme of recruiting new members to our Trust.

Progress we make

Over time, our Trust has recruited thousands of people, including staff, to be informed, engaged and active members of our organisation. Members have the chance to influence the services we provide, as well as supporting the work of initiatives such as Time to Change, the national mental health, anti-discrimination campaign, and Change 4 Life the national campaign to improve overall health and wellbeing through healthy eating and increasing physical activity. We plan to provide further opportunities to promote local and national campaigns with stakeholders that have influence and connection with our services, forming an integral link to overall health and wellbeing.

Our commitment will see us create more positive images of people who use our services, and create more opportunities for people to become involved in their own care in the future. To ensure this, our Council of Governors we will continue to evolve and develop.

They will work with our Trust Board to help influence and ensure that quality is at the forefront of everything we do. They will also act as the voice of our membership, helping to strengthen relationships with stakeholders like staff, service users, carers and local communities, by ensuring that we consider the views of these groups whenever we make a decision.

Find out how you can become a member today.


Communications and Engagement Team
Wayside House
Wilsons Lane

Telephone: 024 7658 8848