Join us as a member

We hope that you will want to become a member of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust; we want you to have a stake in our future.

Membership is open to everyone in the community that the Trust serves, over the age of 14. We want our local population to get involved and become members so that all our communities are fully represented. Trust staff will become members unless they chose to opt out.

If you would like to be a member of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, please telephone our membership office on 01535 294540.

Why become a member?

Becoming a member of our Foundation Trust means that you will be able to:

  • Become actively involved in the work of the Trust and help shape our future plans
  • Be consulted on major plans
  • Be invited to Trust open days and special member information sessions
  • Receive regular information about the Trust
  • Elect Council Governors
  • Stand for election as a Council Governor
  • Make sure your views and those of your community are heard.
  • Get a better understanding of how the Trust works and share in our successes

As a member, you can be involved as much or as little as you like. We have different levels of membership:

  • Level 1 – Receive regular information, eg regular newsletter and consultation on the Trust’s future plans
  • Level 2 – Level 1 plus attending annual open days and members’ information sessions
  • Level 3 – Levels 1 and 2 plus participation in members groups, surveys and standing for election to the Council of Governors.


Who can become a member?

Anyone can become a member providing they are over 14 years of age.  You don’t even have to live in the immediate area as we also have a constituency for public members called ‘Rest of England’. All our staff are automatically made Foundation Trust members unless they choose to opt out.


Will it take up much time?

Membership is free, and how engaged you are as a member is entirely up to you. You might want simply to receive an occasional newsletter, or receive more regular information about the work of our hospitals or about health issues affecting you or your family. Or you might want to play a more active role, participating in focus groups or surveys, becoming a volunteer, or standing for a seat on the Council of Governors. Being a member will not affect your treatment at our hospitals.


Membership Constituencies

Membership is divided into 2 different categories – public and staff. Both public and staff members are then divided into constituencies – based on your postcode if you are a public member and based on your job/profession type if you are staff member. Anyone who lives in one of the following areas is eligible for public membership:

Areas comprising the public constituencyLocal authority electoral areas/or local authority electoral areas falling within the following Electoral WardsNumber of Council Governors
Area 1
Bingley RuralBingley Rural1
Keighley WestKeighley West1
Worth ValleyWorth Valley1
Keighley EastKeighley East1
Keighley CentralKeighley Central1
Area 2
SkiptonSkipton East
Skipton North
Skipton South
Skipton West
Embasy with Eastby
Upper Wharfedale
Barden Fell
Settle and Mid-CravenSettle and Ribblebanks
Gargrave and Malhamdale
Hellifield and Long Preston
Ingleton and Clapham
South CravenWest Craven
Aire Valley with Lothersdale
Sutton in Craven
Area 3
West CravenCoates
Pendle East and ColneBarrowford
Vivary Bridge
Area 5
Rest of EnglandRest of England1
StaffNumber of Council Governors
Doctors and DentistsVacant
Nurses and MidwivesVacant
Allied Health Professional and Scientists1
All other staff1
StakeholdersNumber of Council Governors
Bradford Metropolitan District Council1
North Yorkshire County Council1
Pendle Borough Council1
Voluntary Sector1


Can I join if I am a member of staff or a trust volunteer?

Staff employed by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, and trust volunteers with at least one year’s service, will automatically be made members of the staff constituency, unless they specify that they do not want to be a member. If you are in any of these groups, you do not need to complete a membership application form.


Representing your views - the new Council of Governors

Foundation Trusts are accountable to their members via a body known as the Council of Governors, which works closely with the Trust’s Board of Directors to develop strategy and plans.

The Council of Governors is made up of public and staff members elected from each of our constituencies.  It also includes representatives appointed from other organisations such as local councils and voluntary and business partners.

As a member, you can vote for others to represent you on the Council of Governors, or stand for election yourself.


Are there any restrictions on membership?
  • You must be 14 years or over to become a member, but there is no upper age limit
  • Anyone who has threatened, harassed, harmed or abused staff, patients and/or visitors of the Trust or has been a vexatious complainant is not eligible to become a member
  • Members can join one constituency only within our Foundation Trust


How to Join

If you would like to be a member of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, let us have your name, address and a contact telephone number and we will send you a hard copy of our application form. Alternatively, you can click here and complete our online application form. You can also contact us in the following ways:


Telephone: 01535 294540

Write to us at :

Foundation Trust Membership Office
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
Airedale General Hospital
Skipton Road
BD20 6TD