Hospitals Trust seeks new Public Governors

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Chairman of the Trust, Ian Johnson

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is seeking candidates for eight Public Governor positions and wants to hear from as many people as possible.

The posts will be of interest to anyone in having a say on how health care should be provided locally. The elections will be held in August 2016.

People who are interested in hearing about the work of the Trust’s Governors and how they can stand for election, are invited to attend a seminar on Governor elections.

The seminar, entitled ‘Public Governor Elections 2016’, will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, between 6 pm and 7 pm, in the Education Centre Lecture Theatre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. the session will be hosted by Chairman of the Trust, Ian Johnson and Lead Public Governor, Peter Askew.

The vacancies are as follows:-

Public Constituency Number of Vacancies
Blackpool 4
Fylde 1
Wyre 2
Lancashire and Cumbria 1

Trust Governors are required to be members of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and their role is to represent their respective local constituencies, provide advice and support and help influence the Trust’s decision-making in terms of how it develops services for the people of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and beyond.

The seminar will include background information on the Trust, the role of a Governor, their statutory duties and details of the election process in order to give those considering standing for election a fuller understanding of the Governor role.

Mr Johnson said:  “Governors bring a wealth of expertise, experience and ideas which are essential to ensuring the effective development of our NHS Foundation Trust moving forwards.

“They ensure that the Foundation Trust is managed appropriately and they have a number of key responsibilities including the appointment of the Chairman, Non-Executive Directors and External Auditors, and holding the Board to account.

“Under the Health and Social Care Act, a majority of Governors will be required to approve any significant investment decisions and they are vital in representing the interests of our patients and the public.”

To book a place on the seminar please contact Jacinta Gaynor, Membership and Governors Officer, via email: or call on 01253 956673.

Membership does not cost anything, and there are numerous benefits for the Trust and the local community alike, which can be seen on the Trust’s website:  You can apply either using the online form on the website or by completing an application form available from the Membership Office on the above contact details.

For further information about this Press Release, please call Jacinta Gaynor on 01253 956673 or email

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