Governor Role / Information

The Council of Governors are responsible for ensuring that the views and interests of the local community are fully represented and influence the future development of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Council of Governors will not be involved in the day to day running of the Trust, setting budgets, staff pay or other operational matters. These responsibilities lie with the Board of Directors.

The role of Governors include:

  • Representing the interests of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust members and partner organisations in the local health economy
  • Regularly feeding back information about the Trust, its vision and its performance to the constituency they represent
  • Appointing the Non Executive Directors, including the Chairman of the Trust
    Appointing the Trust’s Auditor
  • Working with the Board of Directors to produce plans for the future development of the Trust
    Receiving the Trust’s annual accounts, auditor’s reports and annual reports

Watch a video about being a Trust Governor.

Who can become a Governor?

To qualify for nomination you must be a public member of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, be at least 16-years-old and live within the constituency for which you wish to stand as a candidate. You don’t have to have any special skills or qualifications to be a governor.

The most important requirement is enthusiasm and the willingness to represent not just your own views but also the views of the people in your community.

You do not need to have any previous knowledge of the NHS as training will be given where necessary and there will always be people available to give advice and support.