Benefits of membership

Find out more about the benefits of being a member of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children NHS Foundation Trust.

Membership is free, and as a member:

  • You are helping to shape the hospital's future. 

You really will be playing a key role in shaping the future of this unique and pioneering place. As a member, you are represented by elected councillors who sit on the Members’ Council. The Members’ Council is made up of patients, parents, staff at GOSH, appointed councillors and members of the public who care about the hospital. The council helps to involve members in our long-term vision and planning, and acts as a critical friend and guardian of our values. 

Please get in touch with a councillor if you have any feedback or ideas that you would like to share, or if you want to find out what it’s like to be a councillor. 

  • It's a great way to say thanks.

You may be a parent, a relative, a former or current patient, or just someone who cares about GOSH. For many people, like Mathew, it’s a great way to say “thank you” and help improve the hospital. Everyone over 10 years old is welcome.
 
  • It gives you a voice.
Some members choose to express their opinions and feedback by completing our annual survey, which will ask for your views on key hospital services. Others take a more active role, providing important advice and guidance on aspects of how the hospital moves ahead.
 
  • You can choose how much time you commit.

You can contribute as much or as little as you wish. You can simply vote for a councillor to represent your area, or express your opinions and feedback by completing our annual survey. In addition, you can get more actively involved by standing for election as a councillor to the Members’ Council or by taking part in focus groups and listening events.
 
  • You'll be helping the hospital.

Foundation Trust membership is important. It enables us to stay independent and retain our position as one of the UK’s leading paediatric hospitals.

The Trust Board depends on the membership to keep them in touch with what’s needed at the hospital and how best to improve services, making sure that we put the child first and always.

  • You get access to Health Service Discounts. 

Simply visit www.healthservicediscounts.com and register yourself as a Foundation Trust member of GOSH. You'll also save at selected stores and venues. At the time of publishing, these include:

Health Service Discounts money off at selected stores