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HIGH PEAK residents are being asked to get involved in a major consultation by Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS) NHS Trust.

The trust has launched a consultation about becoming an NHS Foundation Trust and will spend three months canvassing interest in local communities across the county.

Under the slogan of “Make a Difference, Together” a roadshow is planned to attend fairs, open days and other community events over the summer to share information and invite people to sign up as members of the trust. Alternatively, people can also have their say online at www.dchs.nhs.uk.

Tracy Allen, DCHS Chief Executive, said: “We see it as an opportunity for everyone to feel a stronger sense of ownership of the services they value.”

DCHS aims to become a Foundation Trust by October 2012 and the consultation is a chance for local communities to help influence plans for local services.

People who sign up as members of the trust will: be:

• consulted about proposed major changes to health services;

• receive the same discounts as NHS staff to high street brands;

• invited to local health events and open days;

• eligible to stand for election, or vote for others, to join the Foundation Trust’s Council of Governors;

• receive twice-yearly members’ magazines.

Membership is free.