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Non-Executive Directors | Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Help make a difference and support 1.7m people across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast by joining the Board of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust is looking for inspiring people with a clinical or financial background to join the board as Non-Executive Directors.

  • Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

About the role

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is located on the west coast of Lancashire and supports 1.6m people living in Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust provides acute and community health services to its residents and visitors of the local areas of Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and North Lancashire, alongside hosting the National Artificial Eye Service, providing services across England. The Trust has approximately 7,200 staff and an annual turnover of c.£457m. The Trust specialises in providing tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services. 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 the area.

The Trust is seeking two new Non-Executive Directors to join and strengthen the board and provide inspirational insights to tackle future projects and challenges. Applicants must be highly collaborative; partnership and values led, and possess a demonstrated history of clinical practice and leadership or recent and relevant financial leadership experience or experience of managing substantial budgets. These roles are an exciting opportunity to contribute positive changes to the health, care, and wellbeing in the local community.

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 sixteen are elected 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.

Trust values

The values of the Trust are integrated into all aspects of their framework to create the best culture possible to ensure staff are supported and ultimately, working together to achieve the best care for the benefits of their patients. The Trust is in an exciting position to work towards its ambitious vision to be a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, providing high quality, safe and effective care across its communities. The Board’s main aim is to ensure this vision is met and overcome any challenges that may occur by ensuring smooth running of the Trust, establishing strategic directions and monitoring performance against objectives, while providing high quality, effective, patient focused services.

The Trust value and promote diversity and appreciate the best leadership teams reflect the communities they serve. The Trust strongly encourage applications from people across groups that are underrepresented. Most importantly, the Trust recognises that skills and experience can be lived as well as learnt. The Trust is accredited as a Disability Confident employer and will ensure that people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity to progress.

Who we are looking for

The available roles are an exciting opportunity to join the Trust at an impactful time of change. The Trust seeks passionate and dedicated individuals ready to make a difference to the health and lives of people across the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System as well as in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

The Trust is looking for two Non-Executive Directors to join their Board to help tackle future challenges and assist in achievement of their goals. Applicants must be collaborative, champion the Trust values and provide a good balance of support and challenge in aspects including strategy development, performance scrutiny, assurance and supporting organisational development. It is imperative that candidates show collaboration and are values and culture driven, with a focus on the best interests of patients, service users and the wellbeing of both patients and staff.

The Trust is looking for candidates with demonstrated strong clinical or finance / audit / business leadership experience.

Applicants must have hands-on service provision experience and offer a visionary, strategic, and collaborative approach to the position. Experience of working within the NHS is not essential although it will be expected that a developing knowledge, interest and understanding of the NHS, its regulation and governance is demonstrated through the course of this recruitment process. It will be your duty to ensure effective governance, consistent with the Nolan principles and NHS values, alongside developing a long-term vision and strategy for the Trust.

Time Commitment and Term of Office

Non-Executive Directors are expected to commit at least four days a month and remuneration will be £13,500 pa.

The commitment will include regular Board and Committee meetings, and flexibility for ad-hoc events, reading and preparation.

Positions are appointed by the elected Governors, and terms are expected to last three years, with the ability to extend for a second term, subject to annual performance reviews and approval from the Council of Governors.

For further information and a confidential conversation, please contact:

Michael Earnshawmichael@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07494 595178

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Welcome from Steve Fogg, Chair, and Sue Crouch, Lead Governor

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in joining our Board as a Non-Executive Director at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Trust is playing an integral role in the development of health and care systems across Lancashire and South Cumbria. We are currently seeking two people with a leadership background in clinical services and financial / audit / business leadership to play an active part in fulfilling our mission. It is important that you are naturally collaborative, partnership orientated, and are fully committed to the values and culture of the Trust. We need you to be an ambassador for our Trust and contribute to strategy development and solving potential challenges to ensure we are continuously providing the best care and support to our staff and patients across the Trust.

Our Chief Executive, Kevin McGee, and other senior staff on our Board 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. Therefore, 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, so you will need to be adaptable in supporting all visions of the Trust.

We see genuine engagement with staff, patients, members and public as vital to our success and aspiration. A comprehensive understanding of our work ethos and governance requirements is imperative. Our core values are deeply held beliefs and the essence of your role would be to apply them to all core aspects of the position and bring them to life across the Trust.

The Governors are seeking to attract applicants to this role who have a real commitment to the NHS and to our community, who have vision and passion, who are collaborative, and who have the skills to help our Trust grow, prosper and achieve our mission and goals.

If you are interested and feel ready to take on one of these roles, we look forward to hearing from you.

Please do speak with our recruitment partner, Peridot Partners, for more information and we very much hope you will submit an application.

Steve Fogg

Sue Crouch
Lead Governor

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

Please download the Job Description and Person Specification for Non-Executive Director – Clinical OR Non-Executive Director – Finance as well as the Fit and Proper Persons Declaration and fill out this Equality Monitoring Form

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

Michael Earnshaw | michael@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (a maximum of two sides of A4) and Fit and Proper Persons Declaration. The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability against the essential criteria in the person specification with an explanation why the role is of interest and relevant to you.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Non-Executive Director – Clinical, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust” OR “Non-Executive Director – Finance, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust” into the subject field.

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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.

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 operational difficulties.


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 5th July 2021
Final interview: Tuesday 27th or Wednesday 28th July

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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