Membership of MSE

On 1 April 2020, we became one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country by bringing together Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Trust and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.  

As a Foundation Trust, we are very keen to continue to build our membership base.  We have over 35,000 members drawn from across Mid and South Essex as well as a special constituency for people who live outside this area but who want to be members of our trust.  With a few exceptions, all of our staff are members of the trust as well (approximately 15,000).

The Council of Governors will comprise elected members from each of our public and staff constituencies, meaning that we can work much more closely with our local community to address and deliver their needs.  There will also be some appointed governors nominated from our partner organisations, including the Clinical Commissioning Groups, Thurrock Council and Anglia Ruskin University.

Local people, patients and staff can become members of the Trust and have a say in the healthcare services we provide.

Meet your Council of Governors

Why become a member?

Membership is free and you can become as involved as you wish

If you are 12 years of age or older and live anywhere in the UK, you are welcome to apply for membership.  It is vital to our success as an NHS Foundation Trust that our members reflect the diversity of our local population.

Through the Governors that you elect and through direct engagement with the trust, your voice will be heard.

You will be kept up to date on news and developments within Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, covering all of our hospital sites and sent our Governors2Members magazine.

You will also be consulted on future plans and services and be notified the next time we hold an election for Governors of the Council of Governors.

As a member, you will be able to attend the quarterly Council of Governors Meetings and the Annual Members’ Meeting.

This is your opportunity to get involved with issues that affect you.


Benefits and Discounts for Members

The NHS Discounts website offers all Foundation Trust members on-line discount to many major high street stores including Virgin Holidays, The Body Shop, Apple, Butlins, Red Letter Days and many more.  Full details will arrive with your Membership Welcome pack.


We would be happy to answer any questions you have about becoming a member.  Please contact us by emailing

Governors Meetings

The Council of Governors meets four times a year.


5 May at 5pm (virtual MS Teams) -  Minutes Council of Governors (5 May 2021)

21 July at 5pm (virtual MS Teams) -  Minutes Council of Governors (21 July 2021) 

8 December at 5pm (virtual MS Teams) -  CoG agenda (8 December 2021) [pdf] 57KB


2 March at 5pm (virtual MS Teams) -   3 Draft minutes CoG Part I 8 12 21 EL v1.docx.pdf [pdf] 868KB

Council of Governor meetings are meetings held in public.  If you would like to attend the meeting, contact the Membership Office on 0800 018 5202 or email to reserve your place.

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