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Why be a member?

Membership is about empowering local people and our staff to have more say in how the NHS Trust is run and in the ways in which we develop our services.

Being a member is a way of getting involved and having your say, and will give you the chance to make a real difference to the way in which the NHS Trust operates.

Local people and staff are eligible to become members of their NHS Trust and take an active part in shaping our future. You can do as much or as little as you want to as a member – you may wish to only receive information, or you may wish to attend focus groups etc, its up to you.

Members will be kept informed of developments within the NHS Trust and your feedback will help shape our strategies. You can be a member of more than one NHS Trust. As a member you can become a governor and governors are involved in helping to shape the future of the Trust.

Who can be a member?

Anyone over the age of 16, and live in the Constituencies listed can join as a member. Staff are automatically opted-in as members.

Are you interested in becoming a member?

If you would like to become a member all you need to do is complete the online application form:

Membership Application Form or print the form here and post to the freepost address here.

Alternatively you can ring the Membership Office on

01271 313971 who will send you an application for which you can return to us freepost.

Members will be able to:

  • Contribute views and ideas to the improvement of patient care (for example, through focus groups on particular healthcare issues)
  • Receive early information about plans for future healthcare services and hospital facilities
  • Receive regular communication from the NHS Trust about its activities, via newsletters and events etc.
  • Vote for Governors to represent their views on the NHS Foundation Trust’s new Council of Governors
  • Stand for Election as a Governor
  • Have access to the NHS Discount Scheme – a discount scheme usually only offered to NHS staff, but as a member you can also access the thousands of benefits offered to NHS staff, such as holidays, electronics, insurance etc.

Members of the public can apply to become members of the NHS Trust providing they are over 16 years of age and live within one of the following areas:

Public Membership – Proposed Constituencies:

  • Northern Devon
  • Mid Devon
  • East Devon & Exeter
  • Out of Area (defined as the rest of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset)