Become a Member
Our membership is made up of patients, families and local residents with an interest in the Trust and the services we provide. It also includes our staff and representatives from partner organisations in the local area.
We are keen that our membership is representative of the wide range of people who we care for, who work for us, and who live in the communities we serve.
It is free to become a member, how much you choose to take part is up to you, including any or all of the following:
- Receive emails from us including event invitations and our magazine The Loop
- Vote for someone to represent you on our Council of Governors
- Attend events, focus groups or governor meetings
- Stand as a governor
If you wish to become a member, please complete the membership application form here – and to help reduce our costs, please indicate that we can email you rather than post.
Upcoming Council of Governors Meeting Dates
The Council of Governor meetings are being held via Microsoft Teams and are open for the public to observe. Dates for this year are below:
- 21 July 2022 10am - 12:30pm
- 22 September 2022 10am - 12:30pm
- 7 December 2022 2pm - 4:30pm
If you would like to observe a forthcoming virtual Council of Governor meeting, please register your interest at least two working days before each meeting, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (providing your name, role and email address) and we will reply with the protocol document for you to adhere to.
On the day of the meeting, the MS Teams link will be shared via email with those who have registered an interest in attending to observe. As always, there will not be the opportunity for interaction or questions from observers and we ask the protocol in place is adhered to.
If you have any queries regarding the Council of Governors meetings please email the Membership Team: email@example.com
Members Events, Engagement and Annual Meetings
We aim to advertise opportunities regularly to our members, however during the Covid 19 emergency this was not possible. In 2022 we are hosting online events until we can meet safely in person again. Please check back on this page to see our upcoming events, or join here to become a member as members hear about these opportunities first via email.
Annual Members Meeting
We are currently making arrangements for the 2022 Anuual Members meeting. Invitations will be sent out to our members a month in advance, if you are not already a member – please join our membership on this link.
Minutes from the previous meeting can be found here.
If you missed the AMM in 2020, you can view it here.
Our Council of Governors (CoG) is made up of 16 public and 9 staff governors that have been elected by fellow NCA members. We also have 6 Appointed Governors who represent the Local Authorities and Universities in Greater Manchester
The CoG meet throughout the year to discuss matters including quality of care, finances and engagement. Our Governors seek assurance from the Board and Non-Executive Directors at quarterly meetings.
Governor responsibilities include:
- Being involved in the recruitment and appointment of Non-Executive Directors, including the Chair
- To decide the remunerations and allowances, and the other terms and conditions of office, of the Non-Executive Directors
- To appoint or remove the External Auditor
- To be presented with the annual accounts, annual report and any report of the financial auditor
- In preparing the annual plan, the directors shall have regard to the view of the Council of Governors
- To hold non-executive directors to account for performance of the board
- To represent the interests of members and the public
If you have any queries about the role of our Council of Governors, please contact the membership team on firstname.lastname@example.org or you may wish to read our news on Governor Elections below.
Meet the Governors
If you wish to contact your governor to discuss your feedback, please email the membership team on email@example.com
To view the Council of Governors document - click here.
The Northern Care Alliance Foundation Trust (NCA FT) Council of Governors was established in January 2022 following a successful election campaign and comprises of 19 Public governors, 9 Staff Governors and 6 appointed Governors. All NCA automatically become a member of the NCA FT unless they opt out and therefore are eligible to stand as a Staff Governor.
The following staff were elected as Staff governors:
Salford, 3 seats:
- Hilary Richardson – elected for a second term
- Catherine Collins – newly elected
- Simon Picking – newly elected
Oldham, 2 seats:
- Gemma Lievesley - elected for a second term
- Mike Meiarasu - newly elected
Rochdale, 2 seats:
- Craig Wood - elected for a second term
- Shaun Furlong - newly elected
Bury, 2 seats:
- Laurence Bond - newly elected
- Vacant Seat
Governor responsibilities include representing the interests of members (staff and public) and the wider public, contributing to the Trust’s future plans, holding Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board and appointing the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors.
Staff governors should be able to commit to attend 10 to 12 meetings a year across the Northern Care Alliance hospital sites, including 4 x Council of Governor meetings, 4 x Subgroups and 2 x Joint Group Council of Governors to Group Committees in Common meetings. In addition, they would also be expected to attend training and development sessions over the course of the year.
The Role of Staff Governor
This role is essential to ensure that Trust strategy and direction is shaped by its staff. Staff Governors also ensure that the views of our staff are represented.
It is important that those considering standing for Staff Governor vacancies discuss this with their Line Managers in the first instance and that support is granted before a nomination is submitted.
To carry out this role effectively, staff governors will be required to contribute at least four hours per month to undertake their Governor duties.
On occasion this time commitment might be increased to undertake specific governor duties. One example of this may be if the Staff Governor is a member of the NRTO Committee where there may be an increase in the number of meetings where attendance is required.
Dates for both the Council of Governors, Sub-Group meetings and Governor Training are circulated 12 months in advance and should therefore be shared between Staff Governors and Line Managers providing as much notice as possible.
Guidance for Line Managers
Line Managers should make every reasonable effort to meet requests for Staff Governors to undertake their role, but it is acknowledged due to department requirements, this may not always be possible. In this event, clear reasons should be given.
The Trust recognises that it can be challenging for staff to be released from their duties. In order to support staff governors and their managers to make suitable arrangements, dates of Council meetings are made available at the beginning of each year.