Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
NHS Region
Trust Details
Last annual budget
Chair Pearse Butler
Chief Executive Kevin McGee
Website Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
Care Quality Commission reports CQC

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an NHS Foundation Trust providing health services in North Lancashire, England. It runs Blackpool Victoria Hospital which is a large busy acute hospital; two smaller community hospitals - Clifton Hospital and Fleetwood Hospital; three elderly rehabilitation hospitals - Wesham Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, Rossall Hospital Rehabilitation Unit[clarification needed]; the National Artificial Eye Service; Blenheim House Child Development Centre and community health services for North Lancashire.

The organisation gained Foundation Trust status in 2007 as Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2017 the trust established a subsidiary company, BFW Management Ltd (Trading as Atlas), to which 150 estates and facilities staff were transferred. The company as of 2019 employees over 200 staff. The intention was to achieve VAT benefits, as well as pay bill savings, by recruiting new staff on less expensive non-NHS contracts. VAT benefits arise because NHS trusts can only claim VAT back on a small subset of goods and services they buy. The Value Added Tax Act 1994 provides a mechanism through which NHS trusts can qualify for refunds on contracted out services.[1]


In December 2013 the Trust was one of thirteen hospital trusts named by Dr Foster Intelligence as having higher than expected higher mortality indicator scores for the period April 2012 to March 2013 in their Hospital Guide 2013.[2]

The Trust recorded a deficit of £0.5 Million in 2012-13 but predicted a surplus of £3.2m in 2013-14.[3] In 2013/14 the trust actually recorded a £12.4m deficit, and £15.3m expenditure on temporary staff.[4]

The Trust was instrumental in devising and piloting a health care plan in 2015 to give youngsters who suffer from diabetes an individualised care ‘manual’, so school teaching staff know about their condition.[5]

It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 5738 full time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 4.33%. 62% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 62% recommended it as a place to work.[6]

Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England Data from

In February 2016 the trust had the worst performance in England against the four-hour target in emergency departments with a performance of 63% against the target of 95%.[7] It's handover times from paramedics to casualty staff were also very poor, with a designated "corridor nurse" employed to manage patients for whom there was no bed available.[8] In March 2018 it was still the worst performer in England, with only 48.3% of patients in the main A&E seen within 4 hours, and 62 waiting more than 12 hours from the decision to admit to actual admission to a ward.[9] In December 2019 it was the second worst performing trust in England, with only 44.2% seen within 4 hours.[10]

The poor quality of patient notes, record management and information sharing in the trust has been cited by coroners in at least five inquests between 2016 and 2019 and been raised by the Care Quality Commission. There is an electronic patient record in the emergency department, provided by IMS MAXIMS, and it is intended to roll this out into the rest of the hospital when funding is available.[11]

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  1. ^ "In full: Trusts with staff transfer plans". Health Service Journal. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Dr Foster identifies 13 trusts with high mortality ratios". Health Service Journal. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  3. ^ "More than a third of trusts predict year-end deficit". Local Government Chronicle. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Blackpool's hospital trust's £15m bill for temporary staff". Lytham St Annes Express. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Hospital wins praise for child diabetes care plan". Blackpool Gazette. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  6. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Southmead Hospital's A&E fourth-worst performing in the country". Bristol Post. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Patients treated in hallways at Blackpool A&E". Lancashire Evening Post. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Trusts' A&E performance goes sub 50 per cent as NHS hits new low". Health Service Journal. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Five trusts fail four-hour target in more than half of A&E cases". Health Service Journal. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  11. ^ "FT's record keeping cited as a concern by five inquests since 2016". Health Service Journal. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.

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