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Chair | Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Become the Chair of a prominent NHS Foundation Trust and help to drive the integration of services across the region. We are looking for a collaborative and strategic leader with the passion to provide the best possible health care for the population of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

  • Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

About the role

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, supporting a population of 1.7m. 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 provider of specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services and provides a range of acute and community health services. The Trust also hosts the National Artificial Eye Service, providing services across England.

The current Chair will be leaving at the end of January 2021. This creates an exciting opportunity for an innovative and engaging new Chair who can provide collaborative and inspirational leadership at a critical time. As Chair of the Trust, you will have a highly influential opportunity to make a positive impact to the health, care and wellbeing of people in the North West. This includes further improving services and playing an important role in the region to support the evolution of the integrated healthcare system, which will work to deliver the best possible care across our communities.

The Council of Governors and Board of Directors

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

The Board is accountable for ensuring the Trust operates effectively, efficiently and economically. There are 15 Directors comprising eight voting Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair), and five voting Executive Directors (including the Chief Executive) and two non-voting Executive Directors.

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

The Chair is responsible for leading both the Board and the Council of Governors to ensure that they work effectively together, 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.

Who we are looking for

This is a high-profile role both within the community and beyond and a fantastic opportunity to Chair the Trust at an exciting time of change and impact. We seek a Chair who will be passionate about leading our Council of Governors and Board to deliver outstanding care and make a real difference to the health and lives of people not only on the Fylde Coast, but also across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The Chair must commit to the Trust’s vision, values and behaviours and be able to provide outstanding leadership to the Council of Governors and Board – ensuring they are effective in all aspects including developing strategy, scrutinising performance, gaining assurance and supporting organisational development. They must also personally demonstrate collaborative leadership that is focused on the best interests of all patients, service users and staff wellbeing.

The Chair will have substantial senior or board level experience within a large, complex and regulated organisation, and demonstrate the highest standards of probity, integrity and governance. Experience of working within the NHS is not essential, although you will need to quickly develop a good understanding of the NHS, its regulation and its governance.

The Chair will be an ambassador for the Trust within the local community and work collaboratively with other senior and influential stakeholders at a regional and national level. This is particularly important in the delivery of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS), and when playing a leading role in the more locally focused Fylde Coast Care Partnership – a collaborative approach to health and care between the NHS, local authorities and other key partners.

Time Commitment and Term of Office

The Chair will receive from £45,000 to £51,400 per annum, for an average of three days per week. The commitment will include regular meetings of the Board, Council of Governors and committees; regular contact with the Chief Executive and more flexible arrangements for ad-hoc events, reading and preparation. A degree of flexibility will be required.

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 and a confidential conversation, please contact:

Michael Earnshawmichael@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07494 595178

Liz Holdernessliz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079

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Welcome from Sue Crouch, Lead Governor, Council of Governors

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for expressing an interest in the role of Chair of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Trust is playing a leading role regionally in the development of integrated health and care systems and we are seeking a Chair who can play an active part in this. We need you to be a cultural figurehead and an external ambassador for the Trust locally, regionally and nationally, as well as leading the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors in securing the delivery of quality services to patients.

Our Chief Executive, Kevin McGee, and other senior staff have joint roles across both Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust as well as being involved in the leadership of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System. With that in mind, you will need to be comfortable navigating complex working partnerships and potentially conflicting priorities. Whilst our primary responsibility is to the people of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, our attention is increasingly shifting to the success of the wider health and care system.

Genuine engagement with our staff, patients, members and public is vital to our success and aspiration. Our core values are deeply held beliefs and your role in bringing them to life across the Trust would mean that the things that are described in words are experienced and felt on a day-to-day basis.

Crucially, we want to attract people to this role who have a real commitment to the NHS and to our region, who have vision and passion, who are collaborative, and who have the skills to help our Trust grow and prosper.

If you are ready to take on this unique role, we look forward to hearing from you.

Sue Crouch
Lead Governor, Council of Governors

About Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was established on 1st December 2007 under the National Health Service Act 2006. In October 2010, the Trust was awarded teaching hospitals status and changed its name to Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust employs around 7,200 staff and had a turnover of c.£457m in 2019/20. The Trust provides services from the following main sites:

  • Blackpool Victoria Hospital
  • Clifton Hospital
  • Fleetwood Hospital
  • Whitegate Health Centre
  • Lytham Road Primary Care Centre
  • South Shore Primary Care Centre
  • Fleetwood Primary Care Centre
  • Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre
  • National Artificial Eye Service.

The Trust provides services across the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre communities and the wider Lancashire area from a variety of locations. NHS Improvement/England is the Trust’s regulator and the main commissioners for the Trust are:

  • Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Blackpool Council – Public Health
  • Lancashire County Council – Public Health
  • NHS England

The Trust has a subsidiary company BFW Management Ltd (Atlas) which began trading in March 2017, to provide the Trust’s Estates Services.

The Council of Governors and Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for providing leadership to the Trust and comprises eight voting Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair) and five voting Executive Directors (including the Chief Executive) and two non-voting Executive Directors. As a self-governing Foundation Trust, the Board of Directors has ultimate responsibility for the management of the Trust. In addition, the Trust’s performance is scrutinised by NHS Improvement/England and the Care Quality Commission.

NHS Long Term Plan

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, along with the wider NHS, is facing significant challenges in the years ahead – an ageing population, increasing numbers of people living with complex, long-term health and social care needs, rising expectations about quality of life and the range of services that are provided, together with increasing costs of providing care for our patients.

Nationally, NHS England has set out its expectations for the future of the NHS through the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan. This describes a number of ambitions around changes to the way in which care is provided, many of which aim to reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital and improve the coordination of care for patients who have multiple, complex health and social care needs.

The Trust’s aim is to embrace these challenges, seeing them as a real opportunity to reshape the way in which healthcare services are provided to patients, with care and treatments that are better designed to meet the needs of individuals and their families.

The response of the health and care system to the COVID-19 pandemic has been critical to dealing with the situation but also has helped shape new ways to deliver services in the future.

Working in Partnership

The challenges facing the Trust and 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 is known as ‘Heathier Fylde Coast’ and they are working together to a common vision ‘Improving health and care together’.

In 2019/2020, the Trust worked closely with their Healthier Fylde Coast partners to develop a new five-year health and care strategy for the Fylde coast. Guided by the challenges facing the Fylde coast, the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System and the NHS Long Term Plan, this has helped shape the key areas of focus as an Integrated Care Partnership over the next five years.

This strategy will inform the development of more detailed operational plans over the next few years. These plans will contain measurable targets and financial information and will be continually updated as part of the annual planning process. This will ensure that a ‘golden thread’ runs through the NHS Long Term Plan, the Healthier Fylde Coast plan and the Trust’s operational one-year plans.

Although the Trust faces challenges, following the improvements made over the year, they are now in an exciting position to continue work towards their ambitious vision to be a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, providing high quality, safe and effective care across their communities.

Mission: ‘Together We Care’

The Trust’s mission is: ‘Together We Care…’ which encompasses the strategic vision for 2020 of operating as a high performing organisation within an Integrated Care System (ICS), which provides quality, safe and effective care.


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

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    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.

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    Please take note of the interview dates and please let us know if any dates are difficult for you. At this time, it is expected that interviews will be held virtually:

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 21st December 2020
    Preliminary interviews: Tuesday 5th or Wednesday 6th January 2021
    Final interviews: Friday 15th January 2021

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