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29 February 2012 at 09:17

Patients and the public are being offered a bigger say in how hospital and community services are run across north Sefton and West Lancashire.

They are being asked to comment on plans for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust to become a foundation trust later next year.

Foundation trusts are part of the NHS family and were created to put decision-making about healthcare into the hands of local people.

They are run as membership organisations and foundation trust members perform several important functions including:

• Influencing how health services the Trust is responsible for are run through greater involvement and ownership
• Contributing to developing new services or improving existing ones
• Becoming a Trust governor and working closely with the Board of Directors to deliver the very best in health care for local people

“All trusts like ours must become a foundation trust and we want local people’s views and support to make this possible,” said Chief Executive Jonathan Parry.

“As well as providing hospital services in Southport and Ormskirk, our Trust is also responsible for the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre and many community health services for adults such as district nursing.

“So, I cannot overstate the importance of this application for foundation trust status if we are to maintain and continue to develop health services that remain local for our patients.”

Mr Parry is hosting a number of public meetings over the coming months, which will be advertised in the local media, where local people can learn more and have their say about the Trust’s plans (see notes for details).

People can also make their views known by visiting the Trust website at Alternatively, they can:

• Request a copy of the consultation document from The Foundation Trust Team at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Town Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6PN
• Telephone the team on 01704 704714
• Email them at

Consultation responses can be completed online but the Trust will pay the postage for people returning the responses by post.

Sir Ron Watson CBE, chairman of the Trust, added: “By contributing to this consultation people will also have the opportunity to sign up for membership of the foundation trust.

“We hope to have recruited more than 2,500 public members by spring next year which will be a marvellous foundation on which to build our new trust.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,500 staff.

2. For details of the foundation trust membership and governors proposals see page 10 of the consultation document. It is intended public members will be grouped into smaller constituencies that are based on wards within the Trust’s catchment area. Each constituency would have a number of publicly elected governors proportional to the size of the local population. The constituencies proposed (with the number of governors shown in brackets) are:

• Southport (3)
• Formby and Maghull (2)
• Ormskirk and western parishes (2)
• Skelmersdale and southern parishes (2)
• Northern parishes (1)
• Rest of England and Wales (1)

It is also proposed there are four staff governors representing nursing and midwifery, medical and dental, allied health professionals and other clinical staff, and non-clinical staff.

The Trust would also like to appoint five governors representing Sefton council, West Lancashire council, NHS Sefton and NHS Central Lancashire (both to be succeeded by GP-led clinical commissioning groups in 2014) and Queenscourt Hospice, Southport, as a partnership organisation.

3. Chief Executive Jonathan Parry will be hosting a number of public meetings in March and May where local people can learn more and have their say about the Trust’s plans. They are:

Formby: Monday 12th March at Formby Christian Fellowship, 93 Church Road, Formby L37 3NB at 6.30pm

Ormskirk: Monday 19th March at Ormskirk Civic Hall, Southport Road, Ormskirk, L39 1LN at 6.30pm

Tarleton: Tuesday 27th March at Our Lady’s Church Parish Centre, 152, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, PR4 6AS at 10.30am

Skelmersdale: Tuesday 15th May at West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale Campus, WD8 6DX at 1pm

Southport: Thursday 17th May at Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport, PR8 6JH at 2.30pm