We want you to be a part of our service by getting involved, telling us what you think of the care and services we provide, and helping us to shape our future by contributing your views and skills to improve how we manage the Trust. If you want to shape the future direction of our Trust and get involved with our work, then becoming a member is the perfect next step. As a member you will be able to choose how involved you want to be, from coming along to meetings to participating in elections, or just receiving regular information from us. Membership is free and available to everyone over the age of 12 but you must be 16 to stand for elections to the council of governors.
Benefits of becoming a member
You'll have a say in how the Trust is governed and find out more about the issues that affect the Trustand the community it serves
You’ll get regular news updates, events information, a membership update and Trustwide magazine.
You can stand for election on the Council of Governors, and give views and advice to our Trust Board on strategy and plans.
You will be helping us to raise awareness of the problems faced by those with mental health conditions and challenge the stigma associated with mental health.
Who can become a member?
We are keen to involve as many people as possible in the work of the Trust, including patients, members of the local community and our staff.
Our membership is divided into three categories:
- patients and carers - open to anyone who has used our services, or who cares for someone who has used our services, in the previous five years
- public - members of the public who are interested in our services and helping shape the future of the Trust
- staff - Trust staff members who want to be more involved in making decisions about the future of the Trust
You cannot join more than one membership category. For more information about becoming a member e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trust Board meetings
The Trust Board meets formally on the second Thursday of the month. The first part of every board meeting is open to members of the public and all staff. Come along and be a part of the meeting!
This is your Trust, and we want as many local voices as possible helping us build the best services for our local community and nationwide.
If you have a disability and need help to come to meetings or have any questions, contact us in advance on 020 3513 6438 or email@example.com.
Venue: Building 28, Training Room 1, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, London SW17 7DJ.
The agenda, board papers and minutes of these meetings are posted on the Trust website as they become available.
The Trust has decided to move to bi-monthly board meetings in 2018-2019 following a review of our effectiveness. This will enable us as a Board to have informed timely discussions while we focus on delivering the best care and highest quality of services to our service users, patients, carers, friends and family between meetings. The Board continues to be supported, and its decision making is underpinned by the good work of the Quality, Safety & Assurance, Audit, Finance & Performance, Workforce & Organisational Development and Equality & Diversity committees that meets either monthly or quarterly.
- 12 April 2018
- 14 June 2018
- 13 September 2018
- 15 November 2018
- 17 January 2019
- 14 March 2019
Safe staffing levels
One of the objectives of the The Mental Health Staffing Framework is to give mental health leaders the skills and knowledge to plan and deliver safe staffing for inpatient services.
All trusts must publish information about the number of nursing staff working on each ward. This is required by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
We have information boards on each ward, indicating planned and actual staffing levels for every shift. We also publish a month-by-month, cross-site summary on this website.
Work is underway on a guide for community mental health services. It will add to the work of the Mental Health Taskforce on establishing the right balance of staff when dealing with those with mental health conditions.