Members' Council Election 2018

In February 2018, the current three-year electoral term will conclude and Foundation Trust members will select a new Members’ Council. The Members’ Council is composed of 27 councillors - 17 are elected by our Foundation Trust’s public, patient or carer constituencies and five are elected by the staff constituency. Five councillors are appointed by stakeholder organisations such as NHS England, London Region, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Camden Council and GOSH School. To ensure a fair, robust and independent election, an external company, Electoral Reform Services (ERS) will run this election. ERS has administered 90% of all Foundation Trusts Council elections since the inaugural wave in 2004.

To request a paper election pack after 8 January 2018,please contact Ciara Norris at ERS on 020 8365 8909 or email

There are also five appointed councillors who are nominated by stakeholders such as the local authority, commissioning groups, or other organisations.

The Members’ Council is a ‘critical friend’ to the Trust and assists in familiarising members in the Trust’s long-term vision and planning. The Members' Council also oversees public involvement and membership recruitment and engagement of Foundation Trust members. In addition to this, the Members’ Council has statutory rights which means it holds Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board of Directors.

Important dates

The 2018 Members’ Council election will span a number of months from nomination to election. Here below are some key dates for your diaries.

Election stage Date
Notice of Poll published Thursday 4 Jan 2018
Voting packs despatched/Elections Open Monday 8 Jan 2018
Close of election Wednesday 31 Jan 2018
Declaration of results Thursday 1 Feb 2018

Notice of election opens on 14 November 2017

Please see formal Notice of election to the Members' Council of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.

Statement of candidates

Please see the statement of nominated candidates for the election to the Members' Council of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.