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Foundation Trust membership

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is an NHS Foundation Trust and we want a Foundation Trust membership that reflects the communities our patients and local residents come from.

How do I become a Foundation Trust member?

Shape the future of your local healthcare services. Join now.

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I joined to make sure my point of view was represented

Our membership scheme means that you can find out more about our services and plans for the future and can get involved. You have no obligations as a member, but there are lots of ways of getting involved - from voting for candidates to be on our Council of Governors, taking part in events for members, receiving member newsletters or even standing as a Governor of the Trust.

What does it mean to you?

Membership will give you the chance to influence how the trust develops its services; your experience and knowledge allows us to be more responsive to member's needs. As a member you can get involved in a number of ways including:

  • Having your say about issues that really matter to you
  • Voting in the annual elections for the Council of Governors
  • Standing for election to become a governor yourself
  • Attending a range of members’ events such as our Medicine for Members lecture series
  • Saying thank you and showing that you care about CUH
  • You’ll be helping CUH. The Trust Board depends on the membership to
    keep them in touch with what’s needed at the hospital and how best to improve services.

You can contribute as much or as little as you wish. Some members join to stay in touch with CUH and vote in the annual Council of Governor elections. Others want to attend events and become more actively involved. It’s up to you, you choose how much time you commit.

How does it benefit you?

  • It’s a great way to demonstrate your interest in community and health issues, including on your CV
  • You can gain insight into how a major hospital operates
  • You’ll be kept up to date with the latest developments at the hospitals by receiving a free members’ newsletter
  • Membership and all members’ events are free
  • You get access to Health Service Discounts. Simply visit and register yourself as a Foundation Trust member of CUH. There is a vast array of discounts to choose from; Travel, Shopping, Mobiles and more.

How does it work?

Some members of the Council of Governors are appointed from partner organisations, but the majority are elected by the membership (consisting of staff, patient/carer and public members).

The Council of Governors represents the views of the membership when advising the Board of Directors on issues of planning and strategy.

Who can become a member?

Membership is open to anyone who is 16 years old or over and:

  • Is or has been a patient or carer in our hospitals or...
  • Lives in our defined membership area or...
  • Works at the Trust (all staff on contracts of 12 months or more on an opt out basis).
Map of the FT membership catchment area
In order to become a public member, you need to live within the membership catchment area

What are NHS Foundation Trusts and how do they work?

As an NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals is able to develop services to suit the needs of our local community. We are still part of the NHS family, subject to NHS quality standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection and we will continue to provide services free, based on need and not ability to pay. But as a Foundation Trust we are much more accountable to staff, patients and local people through a membership and an elected Council of Governors, which work closely with the Trust’s Board of Directors to influence decision-making and strategic planning.

We want to hear your voice – you can decide how the future will look

How do I join?

To become a member please click here and complete the online application form.

If you have you any queries or would like to know more, contact the Membership Office on 01223 256 256 or email: 

You can write to the membership office at the following address:

NHS Foundation Trust Membership Office Box 146, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road Cambridge CB2 0QQ