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University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

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Our members make us stronger

As a member of University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, your views can help to influence developments and improvements to our services and hospitals.

As a Foundation Trust, we have more independence than other parts of the NHS and as a member, you will have an important role to play.

We share regular updates with our members and seek their views on key issues, services and new ideas. This means that our members have a say in our future and can shape how services are provided and developed.

Why become a member?

As a member you can:

  • have your say about your hospitals and community services
  • vote to elect the governors who represent you
  • express concerns, highlight good practice and benefit from collective influence through your elected governors
  • stand for election as a governor to have even more involvement
  • receive a regular newsletter
  • have free attendance to interesting meetings and events
  • apply for NHS discounts

You can become a member if you are aged 16 or over and live in England. If you work for us, you automatically are a member and don't need to fill in a form.

If you would like to become part of our University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust family then please complete this form or call us on 0300 019 2873 or 0300 019 2980 and ask for membership services.

Why become a Governor?

Governors have an important role in making our Trust publicly accountable for the services we provide and bring a valuable perspective to all of our activities.

Our governors play a vital role in helping us to connect with our members, staff, stakeholder groups and our local communities.

Together the Governors bring a wealth of expertise, experience, ideas and views which are essential in ensuring the continuing effective development of our Trust. Governors have an important role in holding the Non-Executive Directors to account and advising the Board of public and staff opinion.

The work of the Council of Governors is extremely interesting and rewarding.

Our current vacancies

We currently have the following Governor vacancies available:


  • Bournemouth (3 vacancies)
  • Christchurch, East Dorset and Rest of England (4 vacancies)
  • Poole and Rest of Dorset (4 vacancies)


  • Allied Health Care Professionals, Scientific and Technical (1 vacancy)
  • Medical and Dental (1 vacancy)
  • Administrative, Clerical and Management (1 vacancy)

To find out more

If you would like to find out more about the role of a Governor please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

You can hear what Marie Cleary, Staff Governor for Admin and Clerical has to say about the role by watching the video here

Click here to hear from Sharon Collett, Lead Governor about why she became a governor and what she thinks of the role.

How to Apply

If you are interested in standing, more information and a nomination form can be obtained online at www.cesvotes.com/uhd2022.

If you require a hard copy form it can be obtained as follows:

Telephone: 020 8889 9203

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for completed nomination forms is 5pm on Thursday 10 November 2022.

How we use your information

We will hold your personal details on a membership database should you become a member and this information is shared with Civica with whom we have a contractual relationship to assist us with fulfilling our obligations and with the returning officer for governor elections in which you are eligible to vote. The following link will take you to the Civica Privacy policy if you require additional information https://www.civica.com/en-gb/policies-and-statements/privacy-notice/

The database holds the name, address, email, telephone number, ethnicity, date of birth, gender and constituency. The legal basis for processing this information is as follows "Processing is in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Data Controller".

We use your information to inform you of governor elections and voting information, to distribute membership newsletters and general hospital updates.  The information on the membership database is also used to provide a demographic analysis of membership in our annual report and accounts, as required by our regulator, NHS Improvement. This allows monitoring, in the public interest, of the legal requirement to ensure that the actual membership of any public constituency is representative of those eligible for such membership.  Your personal details will remain on our database until such time as you advise us that you no longer wish to be a member. The Trust’s updated privacy policy can be found here.

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