We serve more than 11 million people, offering specialist inpatient and community services that support mental health, learning disabilities, addictions, brain injuries and physical health, and we are one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.
We are proud of our large, diverse, representative membership. More than 18,000 people have joined the trust and are helping us build and maintain effective links with the community that we serve. This ensures direct involvement of stakeholders in our corporate governance and decision making processes.
As a member you would:
- Join an influential group of people interested in the development of mental health, learning disabilities, addictions, brain injuries and physical health on Merseyside
- Be kept up to date about our ambitious plans for the future and give us your views and opinions
- Receive your own copy of MC magazine
- Be invited to our annual members event and Annual General Meeting
- Be eligible to vote in elections for the council of governors, or stand for election yourself (please note you will need to be 16 years of age and over to be eligible for election; see below)
- Have access to NHS discounts with discounted prices from thousands of retailers with health service discounts.
Mersey Care members include author and political strategist Alastair Campbell, actor Ian Puleston – Davies, director and cultural ambassador Phil Redmond.
All staff become members automatically (subject to certain eligibility conditions) however are free to 'opt out' if requested.
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, Mersey Care 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 MC 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.
We have elected a Council of Governors to hold non-executive members of the board to account and ensure the organisation is run in the best way possible in the future.
Governors are your voice and if you would like to share any views or comments regarding our strategic plans or if you have any other ideas and suggestions, you can contact Governors by emailing MerseycareCOG