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Chair – Council of Governors and Board of Directors Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Are you an inspirational people leader who can be our next Chair, supporting the delivery of the best possible health and well-being outcomes for the people of Lancashire, South Cumbria and the Fylde Coast?

  • Location: Blackpool
  • Salary: £55,000 p.a. (up to 3 days per week)
  • Closing date: Midnight Monday 12th February

Who we are

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the West Coast of Lancashire and operates within a regional health economy catchment area that spans Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The Trust provides a comprehensive range of health and care services to the residents and visitors of Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and North Lancashire. The Trust is a specialist in tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services and delivers a range of acute and community health services. The Trust also hosts the National Artificial Eye Service, providing services across England.

The Trust serves a population of around 1.6 million and an estimated 18 million visitors to the seaside town of Blackpool. It employs over 8,000 staff and has a turnover of around £665 million.

Working towards exceptional standards of health and care across the local population, the Trust works in close partnership with health and care partners across the Fylde coast, Lancashire and South Cumbria. As part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Partnership, the Trust collaboratively strive to improve health and care for people living in the area.

Despite challenges, the Trust is in an exciting position, with a dedicated and energised executive team led by Chief Executive Trish Armstrong-Child, working towards its ambitious vision to be high-performing, operating as part of an integrated care system that provides high-quality, safe and effective care across its communities.

The Council of Governors and Board of Directors

The Council of Governors (the Council) and the Board of Directors (the Board) have a corporate responsibility to uphold, safeguard and promote the organisation’s values, particularly relating to ethics, integrity and social responsibility.

The Council represents staff, stakeholders and the local community and has a strategic and advisory role, as well as a statutory duty to hold the Board of Directors to account. The Trust has 28 Governors in total, five of which are Staff Governors, seven are Appointed and the remaining 16 are Public Governors.

The Trust operates with a unitary board which is accountable for ensuring the Trust operates effectively, efficiently and economically. There can be a maximum of 15 Directors, including seven Independent Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair), five Executive Directors (including the Chief Executive) and two non-voting Executive Directors.

The Chair is responsible for leading both the Board and the Council to ensure they work effectively together so that the highest standards of probity and governance are maintained, and that the Trust remains within the terms of its Licence, Constitution and statutory obligations at all times.

The Board of Directors operates with two statutory committees – Audit and Remuneration Committees. Additional formal assurance committees have been established to include:

  • Finance and Performance Committee
  • Quality Assurance Committee
  • Workforce Assurance Committee

About the role

Our Chair will be a highly collaborative people leader, able to forge positive working relations and able to impact, enthuse and influence effective collaboration to embrace wide-ranging changes in healthcare provision.

Passionate to lead our Council of Governors and Board to make a real difference, our Chair will show a strong commitment to the local community, be able to engage effectively with a range of partners and have a strong focus on the best interests of all patients and service users, as well as the well-being of all staff.

Bringing substantial senior leadership expertise in a large, complex and regulated organisation, our Chair will demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and governance together with evidence of transforming organisations to operate effectively with a dynamic, positive and collaborative culture and delivery of outstanding services.

This is a highly complex and pivotal role, and needs a Chair to be a people-focused leader, politically astute and adept at building and strengthening effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders from staff to governors, external partners and contacts. The key to success in the role is to bring people as well as organisations together in collaboration and partnership and to have a positive, open and transparent working relationship with the Chief Executive to support the delivery of the strategy in line with the Trusts’ vision, mission and values.

Experience working within the NHS is not essential, although we will expect candidates to demonstrate a keen interest in gaining a good knowledge and understanding of the NHS, its regulations and governance throughout the recruitment process. It will be your responsibility to lead by example and to ensure effective governance, consistent with the Nolan Principles and NHS values.

We believe we can play a significant role in improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve, and we would like you to bring your experience and expertise to help us achieve this. You will need to be a member of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and live in either the Borough of Blackpool, Borough of Fylde, Borough of Wyre or the wider North West. You also need to be eligible for appointment in line with the Trust Constitution, Fit and Proper Persons Requirement and Criteria for Disqualification.

Time Commitment and Term of Office

The chair is paid £55,000 per annum for a commitment of up to 3 days per week.

This will include regular meetings of the Board, Council, committees and external relationships; regular contact with the Chief Executive and more flexible arrangements for ad-hoc events, reading and preparation. Therefore, a degree of flexibility will be required.

Remuneration is taxable and subject to National Insurance contributions. The Chair is also eligible to claim an allowance for travel and subsistence costs incurred on Trust business.

The Chair is appointed for an initial period of three years by the Council of Governors. A further three-year term can be considered, subject to annual performance reviews and approval by the Council of Governors.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Andrew Brown andrew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07494 595178

Liz Holderness liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Liz Holderness

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About Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Vision – To improve the lives of people who live, work and volunteer on the Fylde Coast and beyond.

Mission – To deliver safe, effective, sustainable care for everyone, every day.

Values – Patients and staff are at the heart of the Trust and the four core values provide the framework to create the right culture to support and inspire staff to achieve better care for patients:

  • People-centred – serving people is the focus of everything we do.
  • Excellence – continually striving to provide the best care possible.
  • Compassion – always demonstrating we care.
  • Positive – having a “can do” response whatever the situation.

Working in Partnership

We operate in a rapidly changing NHS and health environment. This provides many opportunities, as well as uncertainty, and typical across the NHS these include the following risks which are being continuously monitored by the Trust:

  • Funding and budgetary pressures.
  • Increasing demand for services.
  • Staffing levels and workforce shortages.
  • Ageing population and prevalence of chronic diseases.
  • Technological advancements for improving healthcare delivery requiring investment, staff training, and ensuring data security and privacy.
  • Change or shift in the political landscape impact on funding allocations, priorities, decisions and policy changes.

The challenges facing the Trust and the NHS can only be addressed through working in close partnership with the Trust’s health and care partners across the Fylde Coast and Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust is part of the Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership which brings NHS and Council organisations together to improve health and care for people living in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. This partnership – ‘Healthier Fylde Coast’ is working together toward a common vision of ‘Improving health and care together’.

We have been developing collaborative working arrangements with other Trusts in the area through the Lancashire and South Cumbria Provider Collaborative Board (PCB). In January 2023, we agreed on some important changes to the way we work with the PCB and in 2023/24 we will increase the scope of our collaboration through shared projects including a pathology network and central services collaboration. These changes will enable all trusts to share expertise and deliver services more effectively and efficiently.

Five-Year Strategy 2022-2027

In January 2022 we invited staff, patients, carers, the local community and key partners to be involved in the development of our 2022-2027 strategy.

Following this engagement, we have developed a strategy to clearly indicate our vision – to improve the lives of people who live, work and volunteer on the Fylde Coast and beyond. The approach we took to do this was key and shows that we are committed to listening to our staff and actively engaging patients in how we deliver safe, effective, sustainable care for everyone, every day.

Together, our engagement community told us what’s important to them:

  • Being an employer of choice.
  • Recruiting and retaining staff, especially from local areas.
  • Growing excellence through training, education, research and innovation.
  • Health promotion and prevention.
  • Improving our impact on the environment.
  • Creating safe, healthy environments to work and receive care in.

Accessibility information

Accessibilty and diversity information

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. They celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

We wish to encourage applications to this position regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

The Trust is accredited as a Disability Confident employer. That means they recognise their obligations to ensure that people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity to enter employment and progress if and where possible.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that can be taken to overcome any recruitment or operational difficulties.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Andrew Brown andrew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07494 595178

Liz Holderness liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Andrew Brown andrew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07494 595178

    Liz Holderness liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079

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    Closing date: Midnight Monday 12th February 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 20th February 2024
    First Stage Interviews: w/c 26th February 2024
    Second Stage Interviews: w/c 18th or 25th March 2024

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