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Membership

Become a member of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Becoming a member of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is a great way to support, find out more, or get involved in the work of our eight hospitals. It's free to join, and how much you choose to get involved is up to you. You can:

  • Keep up to date with the latest developments and news from our hospitals
  • Be invited to member events aimed at informing and engaging you
  • Take part in activities to help improve services
  • Elect a Council of Governors to represent your interests 
  • Stand for election as a governor of the Trust
  • If you're between 11 and 21 years old - join our Youth Involvement Group
  • Receive discounts for NHS members from many brands.

Click here to join via our online form. For details of how we use and look after your data, please read our privacy notice at this link

Alternatively, if you would prefer us to send you a form in the post, or if you have any questions about membership, call the membership office on 0117 342 3764 or email  foundationtrust@uhbristol.nhs.uk

To be eligible for membership you must be (over the age of seven and live in England or Wales). Staff at UH Bristol automatically become staff members. However if you are working at UH Bristol on temporary contract of less than 12 months or are a volunteer, you will need to sign up to become a public member).

By law we are required to make a register of our membership available to the public on request. This register shows the member's name and their membership type (i.e. public member), but not their address or any other personal details. If you wish to be taken off the public register, please get in touch with the Membership Office.

Important information about changes to Foundation Trust membership

Since becoming a Foundation Trust in 2008, UH Bristol has had two categories of public Foundation Trust members - a public constituency and a patient constituency. As a Foundation Trust member you would have selected (perhaps many years ago now) to join one of seven constituency subcategories. Members in each subcategory elect governors to represent them as shown here:

Public members

No. of members

No. of elected public governors

Patient members

No. of members

No. of elected patient governors

Bristol

2,558

5

Carer of patients 16 years & over

154

2

North Somerset

958

2

Carer of patients 15 years & under

433

2

South Gloucestershire

992

2

Patient - Local

2,804

6

Rest of England & Wales

566

2

Total

5,074

11

Total

3,391

10


In Autumn 2018, the Council of Governors and Board of Directors agreed to merge the public and patient constituencies. The aim was to streamline membership and the number of governors representing members because:

-       Many of our public members are (or have been) patients and/or carers, but this is not reflected in the way our members are categorised.

-       There are low numbers of members in the two 'carer of patients' constituencies and so there are a disproportionate number of governors representing carer members.

-       Governors represent all Foundation Trust members and members of the public regardless of who they are or what category they are in.

Our Foundation Trust membership profile now looks like this:

Public members

No. of members

No. of elected public governors 
(from 1 June 2019)

Bristol

4,500

9

North Somerset

1,669

3

South Gloucestershire

1,522

3

Rest of England & Wales

774

2

Total

8,465

17


What does this mean for me?

If you are already a member you don't need to do anything. It may be that you cannot remember which category you chose to join when you became a Foundation Trust member. This no longer matters, as all members are now categorised by where they live. So if you joined the Trust as a public member, there will be no change. If you joined the Trust as a patient member - either as a local patient, a carer of a patient 16 years and over or as a carer of a patient 15 years and under - you will now be classified as a public member.

This means that if you are over the age of 16 you will be eligible to vote for, or stand as a governor, on the basis of where you live - whether that is in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, or the Rest of England & Wales. Governors represent the interests of all people living in our region and beyond, whether you are, or have been, a patient or carer.

Could you be a governor?

Our next governor elections will take place in the Spring. If you are interested in putting yourself forward to be a governor or have any questions about these changes, please get in touch with the Membership Office on 0117 34 23764 or email foundationtrust@uhbristol.nhs.uk.

Update your details

If you are already a member and your contact details have changed, you can update these here. This is particularly important if you have recently moved to ensure you are voting in the right constituency in our upcoming governor elections.