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
- 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
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
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."