Foundation Trust Membership

Our aim is to maintain and develop a membership that reflects the communities the Trust serves, across the full range of services.

Patient, Parent and Carer and Public membership

The GOSH Foundation Trust membership is free and open to anyone in England and Wales aged 10 years and over.

We see membership as being the main way for patients, their families and the public to be directly involved in improving what we do. Since gaining Foundation Trust status in 2012 we have recruited more than 9,000 members, around 1,000 of whom are young people. 

Our membership voice is strong as is evident by turnout at the Council of Governors' Election 2018. Electing new governors to the Council is one important way for members to get involved. We hope that our members will feel a real sense of achievement as we improve the hospital together.

Staff membership

In June 2014 the Trust Board and Council agreed to focus staff membership on all employees who hold a Great Ormond Street Hospital permanent contract or fixed term contract of 12 months or more.Staff union representatives were closely involved in this decision and how we consulted staff on it.

Previously, the staff constituency had also included the following groups: Trust agency and bank staff, Trust volunteers and individuals working on an honorary contract, and those employed by GOSH Children's Charity. These staff are now encouraged to join the public constituency.

We already value, involve and develop our staff, who are highly committed to the organisation and our Always Values. We believe staff membership offers greater involvement in our strategic direction and purpose, and reinforce a sense of staff ownership.

Find out the benefits of being a Foundation Trust member.

Find out how you can get involved, from fundraising to sharing feedback.

Read our latest Member Matters newsletters.