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Help shape the services we provide and the experience
of our patients, carers, families and staff

Membership

Foundation Trust membership is fundamental to the provision of our services. It enables us to stay independent and retain our position as one of the UK’s leading mental health and community health trusts.

You help us make things better

The trust board depends on the membership to keep them in touch with what’s needed in our hospitals and services. 

Our membership helps us discover how best to improve services, making sure that we put patients and local communities’ needs first.

Membership is free and everyone over 12 years old is welcome to join.

Making a difference where you live

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust operates across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. The range of our services varies from location to location.

Become a member

Have a say in how your local services are developed.

Why become a member?

There are many reasons to join Oxford Health. As a member you can:

  • influence the way we provide and develop your local services
  • hear first-hand about the trust's ongoing work and plans
  • meet other people with similar interests in local physical, mental and community health services
  • attend free events for members, including behind-the-scenes tours and fascinating talks
  • vote for governors in elections that happen in your constituency
  • run for governor when the opportunity arises and represent the members in your constituency
  • attend our quarterly Council of Governors meetings and Annual Members meetings
  • receive our free newsletter Membership Matters and free magazine Insight
  • enjoy a wide range of discounts at local retailers, restaurants, leisure facilities and more*

* Shopping discounts are provided by the Health Service Discounts, which is a private service and is not operated by the NHS.

Who can be a member?

You can become a member if you live in our area and have an interest in local healthcare, or have used our services as a patient, service user or carer. If you work for us, you are automatically a member unless you opt out.

As a member you will be the first to know about our services and plans for the future and can help to shape them. You have no obligations as a member, but there are lots of ways to get involved.

You can:

  • Vote for candidates to be on our Council of Governors
  • Stand as a governor of the trust
  • Take part in events for members
  • Comment on our policies and strategies
  • Volunteer at trust sites
  • Stay informed through the membership bulletin

Membership categories

The trust has three categories of members:

Patient constituency

You can represent this constituency if you:

  • have used any of our services as a patient or service user within the five years immediately preceding the date of application
  • care for someone who has used any of our services within the five years immediately preceding the date of application

Public constituency

Anyone who lives in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire or the rest of England and Wales and is interested in local healthcare can join this constituency.

Staff constituency

Anyone who lives in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire or the rest of England and Wales and is interested in local healthcare can join this constituency.

What our members say

Member Pat Ross

Pat Ross

“I became a member because I’m a carer for my son. I wanted to meet people who know and care about mental health care. It’s important for me to feel that I am doing my bit; that I support the people who work here.”

Member Claire Sessions

Claire Sessions

“I have been a service user for years and I’ve had some negative experiences. But I don’t want to complain. I want to make suggestions. ... I want to make sure that service user voice is heard."

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