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About Foundation Trust Membership

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.

What does it mean to be a member?

Our members care about the services we provide, how we are performing and our future plans. Your views will help us create a brighter future for everyone’s healthcare and experience.

Who can become a Foundation Trust member?

Membership is open to anyone who is 16 years old or over. The three membership constituencies are:

  • Patients - an individual who is a patient or has been a patient of the Trust at anytime in the past, regardless their home address. Carers are also eligible to apply as a patient member.
  • Public - an individual who lives within the public membership area.
  • Staff - employees who are on permanent or fixed term contract of at least 12 months and Trust volunteers, automatically become staff members. Other individuals providing services to the Trust may apply as staff members by emailing the Foundation Trust Membership Office:

What can I do as a member?

As a member, you can:

Make a difference

  • Attend listening sessions to provide feedback on our services (sessions are currently being held via Zoom due to the covid restrictions) 

Get involved

  • Help us improve our hospital environments by taking part in activities such as Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE)

Have a voice

  • The opportunity to stand for election as a Public or Patient Governor to represent our members’ views and needs or vote in the annual elections for the Council of Governors

Receive regular information and updates

  • Information on the performance of the Trust
  • Invitations to take part in forums, focus groups and other activities
  • Invitations to our Medicine for Members lectures and other events held across the Trust
  • Insights into our hospitals, including staff stories
  • The latest research, treatments and developments

Access benefits

Sign up to become a member

The CUH Foundation Trust needs your support to influence continuous improvements for our hospitals to meet the needs of our local communities. If you are 16 and over, a patient, carer or a member of the public who lives in the public membership area, then sign up (opens in a new tab) today to become a CUH Foundation Trust member!

Contact us

If you have you any queries or would like to know more, contact the Membership Office on 01223 256256 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,