Foundation Trust and membership

Foundation Trust and membership

We are an independent, public benefit organisation that is not subject to direct control by the Secretary of State for Health. This means we are better able to respond to local needs and are more accountable to our local communities, through our Council of Governors and members.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2004, following a rigorous assessment process and was one of the first trusts in the country to achieve the new status. Today, the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is proud to hold this status as a newly integrated NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Council of Governors is elected by our public members and staff. Our Governors are responsible for representing public views to the Trust, holding our Board to account, and deciding the appointment and remuneration of our Chairperson and Non-Executive Directors.

We are also accountable to our independent regulator, NHS England & Improvement, who ensure that we work within our terms of authorisation and our constitution. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspects the Trust to ensure services are of the highest quality.

Explore the information below to learn about our Governors and how you can become a member.


Local people and patients can all become members of the Royal Devon. Membership is a great way to simply show your support for your local hospitals and the staff providing our services.

How much you get involved as a public member is entirely up to you.

  • You can stay up-to-date with the latest news about our services by receiving our email newsletter
  • You could get involved in developing our plans for the future, which could be by completing a survey or attending a focus group
  • As a member, you can choose who you want to represent you in our Council of Governors
  • You could even stand for election and join our Council of Governors. As a Governor, you would have a role in informing decision making across the Trust.
  • Plus – you can get discounts on big name brands through Health Service Discounts, which is free to sign up to

Together, members and governors ensure our work is in keeping with our values and meets the needs of local people.

Become a member

Public membership is open to everyone 12 years and over living in England, with the vast majority of our membership living in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.

Becoming a member is free and easy. You can become a member, or cancel your membership, at any time.

If you are an employee of the Royal Devon you can become a staff member, but not a public member.

Join today by clicking here and completing the online form (please note this will take you to the Membra Secure site run by Civica, which is mandated to manage our membership details). 

Alternatively, if you would like to receive an application form via the post, please contact the Foundation Trust office via the 'Get in touch' option below.

For information about how we process your data, please see our privacy notice.

Member newsletter

Our regular email newsletters help our members stay up-to-date with our latest news and hear about opportunities to get involved in developing our plans for the future.

See our previous issues below.

If you’d like to receive our newsletter, become a member of the Royal Devon today by clicking here and completing the online form. Make sure you select ‘email’ as your preferred method of contact. You can unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time.

If you need to update your contact details, please get in touch with us at or by calling 01392 403977.

Get in touch

Our Engagement Office is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.


Telephone: 01392 403977 (leave us a message and we’ll get back to you).


Room 422
Noy Scott House
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)
Barrack Road

Last updated: May 03, 2024.


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