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Membership explained

What is membership?

We became a Foundation Trust in 2006, and as such, are required to have a membership community - ours is made up of public members and staff members.

A Foundation Trust has freedom from central government which allows us to shape the future of our services locally to meet the needs of our service users and the local community. You can have input into shaping the future of your local NHS services by becoming a public member of CHFT, which manages Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary plus some community services in Calderdale.  

As a member you might just want to keep up-to-date with developments at the Trust (by receiving our  members’ newsletter three times a year, ‘Foundation News’).  Alternatively you might want to get more involved.  It's entirely up to you! 

We encourage membership applications from all sectors of our communities, to develop a wide and diverse membership, and we try to provide different ways for the people we serve to contribute to the success of our organisation.

Joining is easy and membership is completely free - so why not join today? Just click on the Membership Application Form button on the right of this screen. 



What are the benefits of being a member?

Joining is easy and it's free! Membership offers you a range of benefits including:

  • Discount schemes for local and national retailers:

Click on the button to the right to go to the Healthcare Staff Benefits website and register (NB - if you don't work for the Trust, just leave the NHS staff number/order number blank, and put CHFT as the organisation name)

**New for 2022 - take advantage of the latest amazing discounts and offers available from Healthcare Staff Benefits around Huddersfield. Click on the link to see the offers: Huddersfield offers 2022

Follow the link to Healthcare Services Discounts and register (NB - if you don't work for the Trust, when asked for member type, category and role, please enter Foundation member) Health Service Discounts: NHS Discounts, Offers & Codes

  • Invitations to attend meetings and events, including the Trust's Annual General Meeting
  • Invitations to take part in consultations and surveys
  • The right to vote for fellow members who put themselves forward for election to the Council of  Governors
  • The right to stand for election to the Council of Governors
  • A members' newsletter about developments at the Trust, published three times a year

I'm interested - am I eligible to be a member?

If you’re over the age of 16 and live within one of the Trust’s local areas (‘constituencies’) you can become a member of our Trust. Service users, members of the public and carers can all become members.If you’re over the age of 16 and live within one of the Trust’s local areas (‘constituencies’) you can become a member of our Trust. Service users, members of the public and carers can all become members.

Here’s a map showing our constituencies: see map

**We also have a Rest of England constituency so anyone can become a member of the Trust no matter where you live!**

All members of staff automatically become a member of our staff constituency when they join the Trust, unless they choose to opt out. Staff cannot apply to become a public member.



How do I join?

Applying to become a member of our Trust is quick and easy. You can do this by completing our on-line Membership Application Form here.

Any information you give will be used solely to keep you informed about developments in the organisation.  Your information will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.