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.  We want our local population to get involved and become members so that all our communities are fully represented.

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

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.

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

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

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