The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is a Foundation Trust. We have a membership made up of local people, patients and staff. Being a member is important, it gives you more say in how your local hospital is run - people power!
We count on our members for feedback, local knowledge, fundraising and support. Members also vote on electing Governors who represent their interests.
In return, you have the chance to find out more about The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and get involved in activities to help improve the services we offer.
What does a member do?
The role of a member is flexible. You can get involved as much or as little as you like. Whether it's filling in an online survey, sharing your ideas, coming to events or volunteering, everyone is welcome. Your involvement helps connect us with our community and your feedback can help us improve the care we give.
What's in it for me?
- Receive Member News, the latest up-to-date news, information and patient stories from The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
- Find out about opportunities to get involved; surveys, focus groups and research
- Meet our clincians and find out about health issues and conditions and how to prevent and treat them
- Vote for your Governors (or consider standing yourself)
- Meet Directors and Governors and give your views on the future of the Trust
- Visit the hospital and tour the Theatres
- Access special NHS discounts
How do I become a member
Membership is free. To become a member you must be over 16 and provide us with a few details.
What is a Foundation Trust
Foundation trusts are a different type of NHS organisation with a stronger local influence. Foundation trust hospitals are still part of the NHS and will continue to treat patients according to NHS principles of free healthcare according to need, not the ability to pay. Being a foundation trust means that ROH is better able to provide and manage its services to meet the needs and priorities of the local community, as the Trust is free from central Government control. Foundation trusts are different from standard NHS trusts in three important ways. They:
- have freedom to decide locally how to meet their obligations
- are accountable to local people, who can become members and governors
- are authorised and monitored by an independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts
Find out more about Foundation Trusts at www.gov.uk