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, patients and staff can all become members of the Royal Devon and take an active role in our plans for the future.

Members play a key role in voting for our Council of Governors and may consider putting themselves forward to become a Governor.

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.

Get in touch

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

Telephone: 01392 403977



Room E206
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)
Barrack Road


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Last updated: April 06, 2022