South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) has a
10,000 strong membership of service users, members of the public
and staff - all united by an interest in mental health and the
services and development of SLaM.
What does becoming a member actually mean?
If you become a member of the Trust, you can help ensure that SLaM is more accountable to the people we provide services for, and that we are better at listening to people's views.
SLaM would like members to be active in helping shape our
services for the future, but it is up to you to decide how much you
want to get involved. There is no cost involved in joining. You'll
be invited to attend events and you'll receive regular information
about the Trust. SLaM will also ensure that you are consulted
on specific issues affecting the Trust.
How to join
Anyone who lives in England and Wales can join the Trust as a public member.
Reasons to become a member....
- Help put mental health on the map
If you believe that mental health services are important, then please consider becoming a SLaM member.
- Sign up and have a vote
If you are a member, you can vote for who sits on the SLaM Members' Council.
- Help to determine SLaM's priorities
As an NHS Foundation Trust, the SLaM Board of Directors has a statutory responsibility to listen to the views of the Members' Council on issues such as determining our priorities for the future. As a member, you decide who sits on the Council.
- Contribute to the voice of SLaM
Membership enables service users, carers, health and social care professionals to come together and create a powerful voice to lobby for informed public debate about mental health issues. You don't need to agree with everything the Trust does in order to become a member - the only belief we ask you to share, is in the rights of people with mental health problems to be treated with dignity and respect, and to receive effective care and treatment.
- Make SLaM Members truly representative
Mental health and well being is an issue for everyone. SLaM needs a broad range of opinion, not just health and social care professionals, to help us make the best possible decisions about how we provide healthcare. We also need to ensure that everyone is represented -including service users, carers and the public.
- Put yourself forward for election
As a member, you can stand in the elections for our Members' Council, which has a statutory (legal) role in overseeing the organisation's strategic direction. There are seats on the Members' Council for staff, service users, carers and the public.