More than 14,000 people have already become members of our Foundation Trust—why not join us?
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital became a Foundation Trust on 1 October 2006 which has led to tangible improvements in patient care and has made the Trust more accountable to patients, the public and our staff.
Now that we are a Foundation Trust, the Council of Governors—including elected representatives of patients, members of the public and hospital staff as well as appointed representatives of key local stakeholder organisations—works with the Board of Directors as a 'critical friend', helping to shape the Trust's future.
Photo: Visitors at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Open Day which is funded by the Council of Governors.
About Foundation Trusts
Foundation Hospitals are new types of organisations which have more freedom to shape their services. They are still 100% NHS providing healthcare free at the point of delivery.
NHS Foundation Trusts are set up as Public Benefit Corporations with a legal duty to provide NHS services to NHS patients. This means that patients, staff and the public can have more say in how the hospital is run and how NHS services are provided by becoming members of their hospital.
Our Foundation Trust is run by a Board of Directors which includes our Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer, Finance Director, Medical Director and Chief Nurse. Professor Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett chairs both the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors.
The Council of Governors is made up of elected patients, public and staff members, and appointed representatives from our partnership organisations in the NHS, local authorities and universities. Click here to find out about the Council of Governors.
Discounts for Foundation Trust members
Great news for Foundation Trust members—anyone who is a member of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust can now benefit from the NHS Discounts scheme which has previously only been available to NHS staff. All you need to do to start enjoying the benefit of the NHS Discounts scheme is to visit their website at www.healthservicediscounts.com, click 'register now' and fill in the form which has a section for Foundation Trust members. Enjoy!