Membership news & calendar

You will find the latest membership news, events and communications here.

Medicine for Members

Our exclusive ‘Members only’ events are an opportunity for you to find out more about specific health issues from our health experts. And you, our members, have inspired the topics for the programme of events by letting us know what interests you. The events are held in the Lecture Theatre, 3rd floor, Strayside Education Centre, Harrogate District Hospital. Tea, coffee, juice and biscuits are available in the Enterprise Room (located near the Lecture Theatre) 30 minutes before each presentation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet Governors and other members of staff involved with the presentation.

Forthcoming events

The next Medicine for Members’ Event in March will be about ‘Nutrition – a patient journey’.

Come along to discover the varied role of the dietitian. It’s not all just about losing weight. Find out how we help people at varying stages of their lives and with various different conditions.

The event will be held on:

  • Wednesday 6 March 2019.  Registration and refreshments 5.30 – 6pm.  Presentation 6 – 7.15pm, and again on
  • Wednesday 20 March 2019.  Registration and refreshments 2 – 2.30pm.  Presentation 2.30 – 3.45pm.

How to reserve a seat

Medicine for Members’ events are open to Foundation Trust members only.  Admission is free but registration is required as places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you have booked a place at a forthcoming event, but can no longer attend, please contact the Foundation Trust Office so that your place can be offered to someone else.

Council of Governors

Council of Governors’ meetings take place on a quarterly basis and are open to members of the public.  We welcome questions from the public or members of the Trust; these should be addressed to the Chairman along with confirmation of attendance at the meeting and sent to no less than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Governors represent the interests of the Trust members and the general public and this public meeting provides the opportunity to see them in action.

Next Council of Governors’ meeting – Wednesday 1 May 2019

Click here to be directed to the Council of Governors’ meetings page where you can find further details.

Council of Governors’ Election

The latest Election Results are now available.  Please visit the Governor elections page for further details.

Your latest edition of Foundation News – Edition 16, Spring 2018

Please click on the following link to access the full magazine:

This edition includes articles on: a number of exciting service developments across the Trust; ‘Our Hopes for Healthcare’ – how we are actively engaging with children and young people on healthcare services now and in the future; celebrating the NHS turning 70 on 5 July; an introduction to your new Governors and details about the next ‘Medicine for Members’ event on 3 April, to name just a few.

You will find some helpful tools on the screen underneath the magazine, for example if you wish to make the print larger, use ‘zoom’ (indicated below).

We do hope you find the magazine interesting and informative and your comments are always welcome!

Annual Members’ Meeting

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust’s Annual Members’ Meeting took place on Monday, 3 September 2018 – ‘You Matter Most – Celebrating our successes in the NHS’s 70th birthday year’.

The evening commenced at 5pm with members of the public, staff and Trust members being invited to look round a wide range of informative stands showcasing services from across the Trust.  It was an ideal opportunity for people to network with Governors and Board members and enjoy a piece of NHS 70th birthday cake made by Tony Sadler, Catering Services.

The formal meeting commenced at 6pm with Angela Schofield, Chairman welcoming everyone to the meeting and reiterating the values of the NHS.  She thanked all Trust staff for their continued hard work and praised our extremely valued volunteers.  Pamela Allen, Deputy Chair of Governors and Public Governor for Harrogate and surrounding villages presented the Council of Governors’ Overview of the Year supported by Rosemary Marsh and Tony Doveston, both Public Governors, who highlighted some of their experiences of quality assurance across the Trust.


Jonathan Coulter, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director presented the Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18 and confirmed this had been the most challenging financial year to date.  He highlighted  the tremendous donations received by Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity and provided a few examples of how the Trust has invested this valuable contribution in the last 12 months.

 Dr Ros Tolcher, Chief Executive went on to provide an overview of the Trust’s performance in 2017/18; she highlighted some of the Trust’s successes throughout the year and paid tribute to all the staff and our Youth Forum who are playing a leading role in our children’s strategy ‘Hopes for Health’.

Following the statutory presentations, people engaged in round table conversations about ‘Your healthcare experience at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation – what made it a good experience?’ There was a buzz of enthusiasm in the room and people had the opportunity to provide valuable feedback.

Mrs Schofield then opened up the floor for questions to an expert panel before closing the meeting at 8pm.


This word cloud is a visual representation of feedback collected from people engaged in the round table conversations about ‘Your healthcare experience at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust – what made it a good experience?’

The meeting was a huge success and thanks go to everyone who attended.

If you have any questions in relation to the Annual Members’ Meeting, the Council of Governors, or any membership query, you can contact Angie Colvin, Corporate Affairs and Membership Manager in the Foundation Trust Office on 01423 554489  or via email at

Click here to view the Annual Members’ Meeting Agenda.

Click here to view the minutes from the previous meeting, held on 21 September 2017.

Click here to view the summary Annual Report and Business Plan 2017/18.

Click here to view the Council of Governors’ Overview of the Year Presentation.

Click here to view the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18 Presentation.

Click here to view the ‘You Matter Most – Celebrating our successes in the NHS’s 70th birthday year’ Presentation.

Details of next year’s Annual Members’ Meeting, including the minutes of the meeting held on 3 September 2018 will be displayed on this page at a future date.  If you wish to express your interest in attending next year’s meeting, please contact the Foundation Trust Office on 01423 554489 or via email at

Board meetings

The Board meets in formal session on a number of occasions annually, to receive assurance about the performance of the Trust, review strategic risk and make decisions on future development and management.

Meetings of the Board of Directors are held in two parts. The main meeting is open to the public while a shorter private session discusses issues which are commercial-in-confidence and/or disclose patient and staff identifiable information.

Please visit the Board Meetings page for further details.