Nine public governors wanted for hospital trust

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The trust that runs Blackpool Victoria Hospital is looking for nine public governors across the Fylde coast.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Clifton Hospital in St Annes, said those elected will help 'shape the future' by having their say on how healthcare should be provided locally.

There are four vacancies in Blackpool, two each in Fylde and Wyre, and one covering Lancashire and Cumbria.

The trust's chairman, Ian Johnson, and lead governor Peter Askew, will give a seminar in the hospital's education centre from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday, May 18, when details on the rule and duties of governors will be explained in more detail.

Mr Johnson said: "Governors bring a wealth of expertise, experience and ideas which are essential to ensuring the effective development of our NHSf foundation trust moving forwards.

"They ensure the 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 Acts, 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."

The elections will be held in September.

To book a place on the seminar, or for more information, call the trust's membership and governors officer Jacinta Gaynor on 01253 956673, or email jacinta.gaynor@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk.