Members lie at the heart of our organisation – we count on them for feedback, local knowledge and support, helping us to understand and respond to what patients, service users and local people tell us they want from services.
We are really keen for new members to join. Involving as many people as possible will make sure our services reflect the diverse needs of our patients, service users and local residents. Encourage your family or neighbours to become members.
Becoming a member
Membership of the Trust is free and provides you with the opportunity to influence how healthcare services are developed.
Membership gives you greater local control, as a member of the public living in the areas where the Trust provides services including Bedfordshire, Essex, Luton, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, as well as the rest of England, or as a member of staff working in the Trust
You don’t need any special skills or experience to be a member – you just need to be interested in our services and the people we care for – you, your family, friends and neighbours.
What do members do?
Membership is designed to be flexible to allow you to be involved as much or as little as you may want. Some members just want to receive newsletters to ensure they are kept informed about what is happening with their local health services, while others may want to attend events and tell us face to face what you think we should be doing to improve services for people in your community. Some members chose to stand for election to the Council of Governors or become a volunteer.
Keeping up to date
You will receive regular issues of the members’ newsletter that is packed with news, events and interesting features including the work of the Trust. You can also feature your events that other members will be interested in.
Having your say
You will receive invitations to information and engagement events where you will have the opportunity to have your say about your healthcare services and be consulted about any possible changes, as well as having the opportunity to meet our Governors.
Electing the Governors
Members can elect the Governors who sit on the Council of Governors and help the Board determine our priorities for the future. As a member you can stand for election yourself (if you are over 16) and make your voice heard.
How to join
Anyone over the age of 12 who lives in England is welcome to become a member whether they use our services or not. Trust staff automatically become members.
To become a member, please choose from one of the methods below:
Register online now, download a membership application form and send to:
Request a membership form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org