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University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Join us as a member

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

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.

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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