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.

Council of Governors

We have governors that represent the people we serve across mid and south Essex, if you would like to know who your local governor is and get in touch, visit  Meet our Council of Governors.

Election 2024

The 2024 governor election has now been completed.

Here are the results:

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What do governors do?

There are a number of specific duties that the governors must do, but in summary governors must:

  • Hold the non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Board
  • Appoint the Trust Chair and the Non-executive Directors
  • Represent the views of members and the public
  • Tell members what the Trust is doing

Governors must make sure the Board of Directors and the non-executive directors are doing their job properly by looking at reports on the Trust’s finances and how they are performing against healthcare targets and standards.

Governors need to meet and communicate with members and the public and regularly feedback information about the Trust.

Governors also help promote membership and encourage local people to join as members. Governors act as ambassadors and promote the work of the Trust.

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Do governors need special skills or qualities?

Governors will have a strong commitment to the role and be willing to undertake training relevant to it. No special qualifications are required but you must:

  • Be over the age of 16
  • Have an interest in healthcare in hospitals
  • Be willing to act in the best interests of the Trust, abide by the values of the Trust and the Nolan principles of public life
  • Have good interpersonal skills as you will need to talk to others

All types of people can become governors, with the exception of anyone disqualified for a number of reasons including bankruptcy or recent criminal convictions (read about disqualification in the document linked below).

Enthusiasm, commitment and a general interest in health and team work are important qualities.

Governors have to be able to challenge the non-executive directors and some of the executive directors to ensure they are doing their job properly so it could be useful to have some skills you may have developed at work, as a volunteer or in your personal life, such as reading reports and working with others.

Governors are elected by the members, so it is up to them who is ultimately chosen as their governor representative

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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 meetings are held four times a year in public - to browse the upcoming dates and to add them to your calendar, visit Events at the Trust.

Health talks

If you are interested in latest clinical developments (procedures, technology, etc.) we host regular talks to introduce and explain these. To find out about the next talk, visit Events at the Trust.

You can review all agendas and minutes from previous meetings by using the media browser below:



Name Size/Type Description Date
2021 December - Council of Governors: Part I, agenda 59KB PDF Council of Governors meeting, December 2021 29 Apr 2024
2021 December - Council of Governors: Part I, minutes 889KB PDF Council of Governors meeting, December 2021 29 Apr 2024
2021 July - Council of Governors: Part I, minutes 794KB PDF Council of Governors meeting, July 2021 29 Apr 2024
2021 May - Council of Governors: Part I, minutes 859KB PDF Minutes Council of Governors, 5 May 2021 29 Apr 2024
2022 December - Council of Governors: Part I, agenda pack 3742KB PDF Council of Governors meeting, December 2022 29 Apr 2024
2022 March - Council of Governors: Part I, agenda 57KB PDF Council of Governors meeting, March 2022 29 Apr 2024
2023 December - Council of Governors: Part I, agenda pack 12984KB PDF Council of Governors meeting notes and agenda bundle - December 2023 29 Apr 2024
2023 September - Council of Governors Part I, agenda pack 7303KB PDF Council of Governors meeting, September 2023 29 Apr 2024
2024 March - Council of Governors: Part I, agenda pack 14111KB PDF Council of Governors meeting notes and agenda bundle - March 2024 29 Apr 2024