Our Foundation Trust Status and Membership
Alder Hey became an NHS Foundation Trust in August 2008, giving us the freedom to make our own choices and develop innovative new services that directly benefit local children and families
We’re still a proud part of the NHS and subject to the same high standards and regulations as other hospitals. Foundation Trust status is only awarded to hospitals who have shown they demonstrate the highest clinical standards, quality leadership and a great record of patient responsiveness and safety.
Benefits of Foundation Trust status
- Rather than being managed as an NHS Trust by central government, strategic decision-making can be made locally and quickly by a Board of Directors who are focused solely on Alder Hey.
- Any surplus money at the end of each financial year can be invested in services, rather than being returned to government.
- We are able to borrow money for development projects without the approval of the Treasury – Alder Hey in the Park is a great example of working locally with private funders on a significant project.
- People like you can be more involved with the hospital by becoming a member
Becoming a member of Alder Hey
Alder Hey currently has over 13,000 members from across the regions we serve. Through our membership, we can gain a better understanding of the needs of our patients, parents and carers which will help us to improve what we do.
Anyone aged seven or over can be a member. Membership is completely free and gives you the opportunity to make a difference by helping us improve the services we provide to our patients. You can be as actively involved as you wish, from receiving our newsletters to attending our Annual Members’ Meeting or even standing for election to our Council of Governors.
Are you interested in joining thousands of others in becoming a member of Alder Hey? Sign up today, for free, using the form on this page.
Annual members' meeting
Our annual members’ meeting was held on Tuesday 15th November 2016 in Alder Hey’s unique Innovation Hub. Consultant Cardiac Surgeon Rafael Guerrero gave a special presentation about how Alder Hey is driving innovation in children’s healthcare. There was also a chance for members to find out how the hospital has performed during its first year in its new home ‘Alder Hey in the Park’.