Chance for patients to have a say on NHS.
People throughout County Durham and Darlington, and from surrounding areas in the Tees Valley, are being sought for the proposed foundation trust for County Durham and Darlington.
Later this year they will be asked to elect a new board of governors to represent their interests.
NHS bosses hope to attract 2,000 foundation trust members by November this year. An application form can be downloaded from the trust's website at www.cddah.nhs.uk.
Foundation trusts have more freedom to manage their own financial affairs, and greater independence from the Department of Health and Strategic Health Authority control. They are more accountable to the communities they serve.
Public consultation on the plans has begun and lasts for three months, ending on Friday May 26.
People can write in with comments, or attend one of six public meetings in March and April to get their views heard.
Copies of the consultation document can also be found on the website, and comments e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.