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Foundation Trust Members

Foundation Trust members

Papworth Hospital was awarded foundation trust status on 1 July 2004. Papworth has always been a patient-centred organisation and as an NHS Foundation Trust we strongly believe that greater public participation in the affairs of the hospital combined with the freedoms afforded to foundation trusts helps to deliver even better services to our patients and the communities that we serve.

Our members

Anyone over the age of 16 and resident in England or Wales is invited to join our membership. For more information about joining our Foundation Trust, please request an application form from or you can apply for membership using the online form.

In creating a membership we were very clear that it was more important to build an active and engaged membership rather than merely adding numbers. We are, however, delighted to currently have approximately 10,500 members.

Members of our Foundation Trust have the opportunity to become more involved in the hospital. The level of your involvement is up to you - some members wish to simply be kept up to date about what is happening and some take a more active role by participating in committees. As a member you can:

  • Vote for your representative on the Council of Governors
  • Stand for election to the Council of Governors
  • Receive regular information, for example the membership newsletter (only one per household)
  • Be consulted, for example on how the provision of our services could be improved
  • Be invited to member events, and the Annual Members' Meeting (attendance optional)
  • Our membership is split into public constituencies that reflect Papworth’s regional and national catchment areas (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Rest of England and Wales); and also our staff groupings (Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Scientific and Technical, Administrative, Clerical and Managers, Ancillary, Estates and Others)

This membership community elects a Council of Governors made up of 18 members of the public and seven staff and they serve for three years. There are also seven representatives appointed from other key organisations. View the current Council of Governors.

Council of Governors

The Council of Governors provides support and advice to the Trust to ensure that it delivers services that best meet the needs of our patients and the communities we serve.

The Council of Governors fulfils a number of formal functions such as the appointment of external auditors and the appointment of the chairman and other non-executive directors.

The Council of Governors also supports the work of the Trust outside of its formal meetings (four per year). Council of Governors’ committees play an important role, with the skills and experience of individual governors providing a valuable asset to the Trust. Through the committees, governors have the opportunity to concentrate on specific issues in greater detail than is possible at a full meeting of the Council of Governors.

The Council of Governors has the following committees:

  • Forward planning, which reviews forward planning and the new Papworth Hospital project
  • Appointments [Non-executive Director (NEDs) Nomination and Remuneration], which reviews the appointment and remuneration of NEDs
  • Patient/public involvement and membership (PPIM), which considers patient and public involvement and membership issues


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