Do members elect Governors?

If more than one person applies for a Governor role, then members of that particular category will be asked to elect who they want to represent them.

Does it cost anything?

No, membership is free of charge.

How can I influence decisions?

As a member you are represented at Trust meetings by a Governor. These meetings are called Council of Governor meetings. Governors are responsible for listening to you and voicing your views at the meetings. They are also responsible for communicating with you about our plans.

How does being a foundation trust change services?

Through listening to our members. As a Foundation Trust, our members are given a much stronger voice within the organisation and are able to tell us how to make things better.

How do members influence the Trust?

Through their Governor. Governors represent members and help influence services. They also hold our Trust Board to account. Governors are required to listen to our members and voice their views at Council of Governor meetings. They are also responsible for communicating with members about our plans.

I don’t live in Bradford, Airedale or Craven. Does that mean I can’t become a member?

No it doesn’t. The majority of our members are local to the trust but anyone can be a member, no matter where they live.

Why do you have a Rest of England constituency

As well as providing services to people living in Bradford, Airedale and Craven, we also provide some specialist services to people living in other parts of Yorkshire and Humber. It’s important we get their views too.

I’m not a member. How can I become one?

Permanent members of staff are automatically members (unless they choose to opt out). The public can become a member by visiting our become a member page. Anyone wishing to discuss membership can contact our Foundation Trust office on 01274 363 552 or email ft@bdct.nhs.uk.

What does a member do?

As a member you can do as much or as little as you want. You may choose to just get our newsletter which tells you about the things we are doing or you may want to get involved in our work by taking part in surveys or attending meetings or events. You might even want to stand as a Governor and represent local people at meetings.

What if I no longer want to be a member?

Please email ft@bdct.nhs.uk or call 01274 363552 and tell us you want to opt out of membership.

What is a Foundation Trust?

Foundation Trusts are still part of the NHS, and still have NHS inspections and standards to meet. Being a Foundation Trust means we are accountable to our members, largely made up of people from our local community, instead of the Secretary of State. Being a Foundation Trust also gives us a real opportunity to better plan services, now and in the future.

What should I do if any of my details change?

Please email ft@bdct.nhs.uk or call 01274 363552 and tell us about your changes.

What’s in it for me?

  • As a member you will get to learn about the services we provide which might help you when forming career choices for the future.
  • You can attend forthcoming events and meetings free of charge.
  • You’ll get to learn more about our work and how you can influence our future plans.
  • You can also apply to become a Governor on our Council of Governors.

What’s the point in being a member if I don’t live in the areas you provide services to?

We can let you know what we are doing. If you think the Trust in your area should be doing something similar, you can tell them about our work.

Where can I get more information?

If you would like to find out more about becoming a member please contact our Deputy Trust Secretary on 01274 363552.

Will members be accountable to the Trust?

No, the Trust will be accountable to its members.