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Through our members and the Council of Governors, we listen and respond to the views of local people, patients and staff. This is because as a member you can have your say about major decisions we take.
While we remain very much part of the NHS, our Foundation Trust status gives us greater freedom to provide services in the most effective and practical ways possible. We also have opportunities to borrow money to invest in improving services that meet local needs. However, we still have to meet national quality standards and be inspected in the same way as other hospitals.
You don't need any special skills or experience to be a member of our NHS Foundation Trust. You just need to be interested in our hospitals and the work we do. You must be over 16 years old, although there is no upper age limit for membership. You also need to live within our catchments areas in Derby, Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth.
If you live outside these areas, you will not be able to become a member of our NHS Foundation Trust. However, there may be a Foundation Trust near you where you can become a member. If you are a member of another NHS Foundation Trust, you can still become a member of ours. Our staff are automatically members of the NHS Foundation Trust unless they choose to opt out.
Alternatively, you can request an application form.
Telephone: 01332 785440
Being a member of the Trust doesn’t cost you anything, however it does give local people a real opportunity to have their say about local hospital services, which you and your family may need to use. This helps ensure our hospitals are really meeting the needs of the local community. By becoming a member, we can inform you of the latest developments in your hospital services and you can give your feedback on issues important to you.
Benefits include regular updates, access to the staff and member discount scheme and invites to events such as the popular Health Information talks.
It costs nothing to join and there is no minimum time commitment. How much you get involved is your choice. You may simply choose to receive regular updates from us, via any publications or by email bulletins or you could go as far as putting yourself forward to stand for our Council of Governors.
If you don't wish to be a member any more, you can terminate your membership by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by contacting us in writing:
Level 5, Royal Derby Hospital
Our Membership Development Strategy has been created by our Council of Governors and its Membership Group and is supported by the Trust Board.