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Non-Executive Directors x 3 Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Would you like to support the delivery of the best possible health and well-being outcomes for the people of Lancashire, South Cumbria and the Fylde Coast, and do you have strategic experience which could add value to the Board?

  • Location: Blackpool
  • Salary: £13,500 per annum (4 days per month)

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 £648 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, working towards its ambitious vision to be a high-performing organisation 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 the local community, staff, and stakeholders 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 whom 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.

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.

The Trust is looking to recruit three Non-Executive Directors to bring experience of operating at, or near, board level in a large, complex, and regulated organisation, with a sound understanding of governance and risk.

We have a particular need to recruit the following skills to the Board:

  • A qualified accountant with senior financial leadership experience
  • A person with proven knowledge and experience as a clinician with a background in management and leadership roles as a GP, nurse, Medical Director or other clinical field

The third appointment  will be someone who can demonstrate experience at a strategic level in one, or more, of the following areas:

  • Leadership of change management, service transformation and performance management
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • HR and organisational development
  • Digital innovation
  • Third sector leadership

Governors would particularly welcome applicants from candidates who can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of our community, its unique demographics and the challenges as well as opportunities these present.

The new Non-Executive Directors will be highly collaborative team players who will participate and contribute to the Board, bringing independent thinking and objectivity and taking shared responsibility for decisions, outcomes and activities delegated by the Board.

With the wide-ranging changes in healthcare provision, the Non-Executive Directors will be prepared and able to make complex decisions, maintain an independent mindset and challenge constructively. Having a commitment to continuous improvement and the delivery of high-quality service will be key.

Passionate to work together across the Board, our Non-Executive Directors will show a strong commitment to the local community, be able to engage effectively with a range of stakeholders and have a strong focus on the best interests of all patients and service users as well as the well-being of all staff.

The duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Formulating plans and strategy.
  • Obtaining assurance and ensuring accountability.
  • Shaping the Trust’s culture and capability.
  • Ensuring that the Trust’s governance arrangements conform with best practice and statutory requirements.

The key to success in the role is to work with colleagues in effective collaboration and to have a positive, open and transparent working relationship with the rest of the Board to support the delivery of the strategy in line with the Trust’s vision, mission and values.

Experience working within the NHS is not essential, although you will need to be able to demonstrate local knowledge and an understanding as well as connectivity with the diverse communities served by the Trust.

The Trust believes they can play a significant role in improving the health and well-being of the communities they serve, and the Trust would like you to bring your experience and expertise to help them 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.

A Non-Executive Director is paid £13,500 per annum for a commitment of 4 days per month.

This will include regular meetings of the Board, committees, regular contact with the Chair 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.

Non-Executive Directors are 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 – The Trust’s values – Caring, Safe and Respectful – help to represent the culture of the Trust and communicate who the Trust is and how they do things. They also play an important part in encouraging people to come and work and be part of the Trust themselves.

The Trust operates in a rapidly changing NHS and health environment, which provides many opportunities as well as uncertainty. Typically 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, Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust is part of the Fylde Coast Health and 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: ‘Improving health and care together’.

The Trust has been developing collaborative working arrangements with other Trusts in the area through the Lancashire and South Cumbria Provider Collaborative Board (PCB). In January 2023, the Trust agreed some important changes to the way they work with the PCB and in 2024/25  The Trust will increase the scope of  their 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, the Trust invited staff, patients, carers, the local community, and key partners to be involved in the development of their 2022-2027 strategy.

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

Together, their engagement community told the Trust 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


The Trust is an equal opportunities employer 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, 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.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information or to organise a conversation, 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: Monday 29 April 2024 (midnight)
    First Stage Interviews with Peridot Partners:
    w/c 29 April and 6 May 2024
    Final Interviews (two stages): Meeting Stakeholders on 29th or 30th May – via Teams and Panel Interviews on 3rd or 4th June – in person

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