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Membership

As a Foundation Trust, we have a membership community made up of a public constituency of local people, a staff constituency for all permanent members of staff and a constituency for our volunteers.

Our membership helps us discover how best to improve services and ensure we put our patients’ and local communities’ needs first.

The Trust is committed to meaningful engagement with its members.

Membership is free and anyone over 16 years old is welcome to join.
Members are welcome to register without an email address and will be able to participate in governor elections which are circulated by post. However, we will be able to stay in touch with our members more regularly through email.

Making a difference where you live

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust operates across three local authorities that make up “Berkshire West” (Reading, West Berkshire, and Wokingham). The Trust also serves communities in East Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire and the range of our services we offer across our six sites varies from location to location.

Why become a member?

There are many reasons to join the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. 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 and acute health services
  • attend free events for members, including behind-the-scenes tours and fascinating talks
  • vote for governors in elections that take place in your constituency
  • run for governor when an opportunity arises to represent members in your constituency
  • attend our quarterly Council of Governors meetings and Annual Members meetings
  • receive our free newsletter
  • enjoy a wide range of discounts at local retailers, restaurants, and more*

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

You can become a member if you live within one of the constituencies listed below and have an interest in local healthcare. 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 many 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 on Trust sites
  • Stay informed through the membership bulletin

Public Constituency

Anyone who lives in the below constituencies and is interested in local healthcare can join this as a public member.

  • Reading
  • Wokingham
  • West Berkshire
  • East Berkshire
  • South Oxfordshire

The Trust is committed to meaningful engagement with its members.
Members are welcome to register without an email address and will be able to participate in governor elections which are circulated by post. However, we will be able to stay in touch with our members more regularly through email.

The Trust e-magazine 'Pulse' brings you the latest information about what has been going on at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Pulse, our Members' newsletter keeping you up-to-date with the latest Trust news and developments.

Click below to see past editions, please contact communications@royalberkshire.nhs.uk if you would like to see older copies.

Pulse Magazine - April 2021

Pulse Magazine - March 2021

Pulse Magazine - February 2021

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