Become a Trust member
Being a member is an ideal way of finding out about all the excellent work we do here at UHDB. We have thousands of Trust members who can all play a part in our future.
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 and flexibility to provide services that are closely aligned to our local communities, whilst still satisfying national quality standards and being inspected in the same way as other hospitals.
Being a member of the Trust doesn’t cost you anything, however it gives local people a real opportunity to have their say about local hospital services, which you and your family may 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.
What does being a member involve?
Our membership is made up of patients, families, and local residents with an interest in the Trust and the services we provide. It also includes our staff and representatives from partner organisations in the local area and all those who have an interest in or connection to the Trust.
You must be over 16 years old. There is no upper age limit for membership. If you are a member of another NHS Foundation Trust, you can still become a member of ours.
We are keen that our membership is representative of the wide range of people who we care for, who work for us and who live in the communities we serve to fully reflect the diversity of our communities.
We have seven constituencies
Amber Valley, Derby City, East Staffordshire, Erewash, Lichfield and Tamworth, South Derbyshire, North West Leicestershire and the rest of England.
It is free to become a member. How much you get involved is your choice. You may simply choose to receive regular updates from us via email bulletins or you could go as far as putting yourself forward to stand for our Council of Governors. We have three tiers of membership which you can choose from when you register.
- Tier 1 Be Informed: Receive newsletters and updates about the Trust.
- Tier 2 Be Engaged: You may be invited by the Trust to participate in surveys or questionnaires.
- Tier 3 Be Involved: You may be invited by the Trust to participate in workshops or focus groups to express your views directly in conversation with the Trust.
If at any time in the future you wish to change the tier you are on you can do so easily by contacting us;
Benefits of being a member of UHDB
- Receive regular information about the Trust
- Invited to attend free Health and Information talks on a range of subjects
- Invited to attend and ask questions at the Annual Members’ Meeting
- Voting for representatives on the Council of Governors
- Standing for election to the Council of Governors (for those 16 years of age or older)
- Take part in surveys and consultations
- Access to the NHS discount scheme
How to apply to be a Trust member
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.
Apply for membership online
Alternatively, you can request an application form.
Telephone: 01332 785440
Membership Development Strategy
Our Membership Development Strategy has been created by our Council of Governors and its Membership Group and is supported by the Trust Board.
If you wish to cancel your membership, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by contacting us in writing:
Level 5, Royal Derby Hospital