Oxford University Hospitals

A Record-Breaking Contested Election For Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation


Contested election saw nominations increased by 117% on the previous year


Oxford University Hospitals is one of the largest NHS teaching hospitals in the UK and provides local, regional and national services. Its vision is to deliver excellence and value in patient care, teaching and research within a culture of compassion and integrity.

Democratic Project:

Oxford University Hospitals wanted to make sure the by-election process was transparent and impartial, as well as accessible, in order to encourage its public members to participate and achieve contested elections in South Oxfordshire and West Oxfordshire.


UK Engage made the process of nominating and voting as easy as possible. To encourage members to stand as candidates we developed multi-channel options for both the nomination and election phases of the process. In addition, in order to maximise engagement and fill both of the vacant seats, UK Engage provided a cost-effective reminder postcard and election hub, to raise awareness of the election among eligible public members.


Both constituencies achieved contested elections and a record number of candidates took part. The number of nominations increased by 117% in South Oxfordshire and 50% in West Oxfordshire from the previous year’s election. The average turnout across the two constituencies was 21%.

Nomination Increase - South Oxfordshire

Nomination increase - West Oxfordshire

Average Voter Turnout

Client Testimonial

“We were extremely happy to have so many of our public members wanting to sit on the Council of Governors; it’s great to see that level of participation. We chose UK Engage because of their strong ideas for materials and processes to encourage participation in elections by our members and they provided a cost-effective service.”

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