Our Knit and Natter goes on tour to BBC Radio Lancashire!

Did you hear us on BBC Radio Lancashire with Gilly and Nish last Friday, January 26? We were talking about #TheGreatBTHKnit which is aiming to get 30,000 knitted and crocheted poppies for a special art installation to commemorate the World War One Centenary later this year. YOU can get involved by sponsoring a poppy for […]

Heart surgeon takes on new charity challenge

He’s well used to taking on epic cycling charities in aid of charity, but cardiac surgeon Nidal Bittar has swapped his wheels for running shoes as he prepares for this year’s London Marathon. Mr Bittar, who has cycled across the desert, biked from the Tower of London to the Eifel Tower and ridden from coast […]

Trust hosts training event for health professionals

The Trust’s practice education team hosted a successful education day for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). The team worked in partnership with local universities who assisted in running the event for AHP staff who are involved in educating students at university who are on placement at Blackpool. Those taking part included Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists and […]

New role for Trust’s Chairman

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced that Chairman, Ian Johnson, is to leave the organisation to take over as Chairman of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust. Ian, who took over the role from Beverly Lester in April 2012, has overseen many significant achievements in his time including the transfer of community […]

Fylde coast experts help protect health and care organisations against cyber attacks

EXPERTS at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have played a major role in helping health and care organisations develop systems protecting their IT infrastructure against cyber threats. NHS Digital, the national information and technology partner of the health and care system, has entered a new deal with Microsoft to increase protection against cyber attacks. […]

We need YOU to help celebrate NHS70

  On July 5, 1948, health secretary Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital in Manchester (today known as Trafford General Hospital). It was the climax of a hugely ambitious plan to bring good healthcare to all. For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists are brought together under one umbrella […]

The Clifton Hospital sister in her 41st year of nursing

FIGURES recently revealed that more UK nurses are leaving the NHS than are joining. But there are plenty of nurses employed by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that have been nursing since they were teenagers and have no intention of stopping. Val Gulwell, a sister on Ward 1 at Clifton Hospital, is now in […]

Would you like to join a NICE committee?

We are currently looking for people who use services, and their carers and advocates (usually referred to as ‘lay members’ at NICE) to join the committee developing a guideline on rehabilitation in people with severe and enduring mental illness.  We would welcome an application from those who have recent experience or knowledge of this rehabilitation […]

Clifton cancer patients drums up support for charity

A Clifton Hospital cancer patient is ‘drumming’ up support for a skin cancer charity. Neil Booth, 65, from Wigan, has offered to play with his band The Diamond Geezers at an event to raise money for a skin cancer fundraising event as a thank you for his care. This is the fourth fundraising event that […]

Blackpool hosts A+E training event

Trainees in emergency medicine from across the North West were given an opportunity to put their skills into practice by the Trust. A+ E trainees working in areas such as Lancaster, Greater Manchester and Liverpool spent a day training at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals in preparation for their final examinations before they become senior doctors. The […]