Public Governor Election Seminar still due to go ahead this week

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wishes to make it clear that its Public Governor Elections Seminar will go ahead as planned on Thursday, May 18.

Anyone who wishes to attend the event can just turn up. Booking is not necessary.

The Trust is seeking candidates for nine Public Governor positions across the area and wants to hear from as many people as possible who are interested in having their say on how healthcare should be provided locally. The elections will be held in September 2017.

Those 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 with Mr Ian Johnson (Trust Chairman) and members of the Council of Governors.

The seminar, entitled “Public Governor Elections 2017”, will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, between 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm, in the Lecture Theatre, Education Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and will be hosted by:

  • Mr Ian Johnson – Chairman
  • Mr Peter Askew – Public Governor (Wyre Constituency) (Lead Governor)

The vacancies are as follows:

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


The seminar will give details on the role and duties of a Governor and explain the election process.  We shall also give guidance on writing a Candidate’s Election Statement.

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, Wyre, Lancashire and beyond.

The seminar will include background information on the Trust, the Council of Governors, 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, on 01253 956673 or email

Membership of the Foundation Trust doesn’t cost anything, and there are numerous benefits for the Trust and the local community alike, which can be seen on the Trust’s website: Your application can be received via the website, by post or by telephone.

For further information please call Jacinta Gaynor, Membership & Governors Officer, on 01253 956673.

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