Advertisement: Chair – Council of Governors and Board of Directors

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Chair – Council of Governors and Board of Directors

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Time Commitment: average 3 days per week (part-time)

Remuneration: from £45,000 to £51,400 p.a.

Term of Office: 3 years, subject to satisfactory appraisal. A second three-year term can be considered.

Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to the population of the Fylde Coast and community and specialist healthcare services more widely across Lancashire and South Cumbria, supporting a diverse population of 1.7 million. The Trust also hosts the National Artificial Eye Service, providing services across England. It has approximately 7,200 staff and an annual turnover of c.£457m.

The Trust is working towards exceptional standards of care across the local population and is 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 Integrated Care Partnership which brings NHS and Council organisations together to improve health and care for people living in the area. Although there are challenges, 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.

Given the impact and importance of the Trust’s responsibility within the integrated care system, this is an exciting time of change and a unique opportunity for a new Chair to represent the Trust locally, regionally and nationally in delivering a system that will have a fundamental impact on improving the health and lives of people in the area.

As this is such an important and prominent new health and care system, our Chair will need to be a highly collaborative and an influential leader capable of forging strong partnerships and able to impact, enthuse and persuade others to collaborate and embrace wide ranging changes in healthcare provision. We seek a Chair who will be passionate to lead our Council of Governors and Board to make a real difference; will show a strong commitment to the local community and working with a range of partners; and have a strong focus on the best interests of all patients and service users and the wellbeing of all staff.

We seek to appoint someone who brings substantial senior leadership in a large, complex and regulated organisation; demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and governance, and with a positive track record of inspiring organisations to excel in delivering outstanding services.

Experience of working within the NHS is not essential although we will expect you to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the NHS, its regulation and governance. 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.

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

The Chair is appointed for an initial period of 3 years by the Council of Governors and this may be renewed for a second three-year term depending on performance. The time commitment is on average 3 days per week.

Closing date for applications:         Monday 21 December 2020

Preliminary interviews:                    w/c Monday 4 January 2021

Final interview Date:                         Friday 15 January 2021

To apply and for further information please visit:

For a confidential conversation please contact:

Michael Earnshaw – / 07494 595178

Liz Holderness – / 07872 031079

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