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About membership

Become a member of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Local people, patients and staff can become a member of our Foundation Trust and have a say in how we develop our services. The benefits of membership are:

  • All eligible members can vote for a governor to represent their interests
  • You can attend our free Health Matters events and hear from clinicians from our hospitals
  • You can hear about our hospital services through Voices, the magazine for the UH Bristol community.
  • Young members aged between 11 and 21 can join our Youth Council

Members tell us why they joined the FT

Vivienne has a long association with the BRI, ever since her father worked in the hospital's boiler house, and she and Derrick have experience of being patients here.

"In 2008 we were invited to come along to a members' meeting, to find out how things work and contribute our thoughts on how things could be improved," says Vivienne. "I thought: 'we are the system, we are the patients and we can help to make things run better'."

Derrick says: "You really can make a difference; we've found that our suggestions have been taken seriously. We felt strongly that the appointments system could be improved, and money saved at the same time. We brought this up at a meeting and although it's taken a little while to sort out, the new centralised appointment system has made things 100% better."

A member tells us why they became a governor:

One governor, who is in his fourth year at the Trust, says: "As a governor you are helping provide a vital public service. It's a huge challenge working in an organisation of this complexity but it's enormously satisfying. By becoming a governor at UH Bristol you play a role in a Trust that truly makes a difference."