Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is in the process of applying for foundation trust status.

A foundation trust is a type of NHS organisation that offers significant opportunities for patients and members of the public to get involved in how it is run. Foundation trusts also have more financial freedom than other NHS trusts and are regulated differently.

Why become a member?

Membership of a foundation trust is an excellent way of becoming more involved in the way that healthcare works.

Becoming a member gives people more of a say in how the Trust is run. Members are able to:

  • vote in elections for the council of governors, or stand for election as a governor
  • give opinions on plans for the future direction and development of the Trust
  • attend key meetings and events
  • receive regular information about the Trust
  • convey their views to governors
  • act as ambassadors for the Trust
  • access Health Service discounts.

Having an engaged and effective membership will enable the Trust to ensure that we represent our patients, people and the local communities we serve, providing a real opportunity for people to get involved in the work of the Trust and influence the local healthcare landscape.

Membership is free and open to all those over the age of 16 provided that they meet the membership criteria.

As a member you can choose how often and to what extent you want to be included. Members will be asked to indicate which level of membership they would like to have when they join. As a member you can change your level of membership at anytime.

Inform: receive information about important developments

Involve: receive information and occasionally get involved in events and surveys

Active: receive information and regularly get involved in events and surveys, plus activities such as volunteering. You may also consider becoming a governor.

What next? How can I get involved?

If you would like to become a member or have any questions then please contact the foundation trust membership team via email: ft@imperial.nhs.uk

Please note that if you are currently an employee of our Trust, you do not need to fill out the membership form – our proposals state you will automatically become a member, although you can opt out if you wish to.

For further info, please visit the ‘Become a member’ web page which has a link to the membership application form: http://www.imperial.nhs.uk/foundation-trust/members/index.htm