Feb 072018

Non-executive Director/Chair of Audit & Risk Committee - Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are looking for an individual to join their Board of Directors - someone with real drive and enthusiasm, who will share their passion for creating a hospital that gives patients the best possible care and offers their staff a great place to work.

The opportunity

Non-Executive Directors at Chesterfield Royal Hospital have the chance to see things from a different perspective. It’s a unique opportunity to appreciate patient and staff experience first-hand, as well as the challenges and potentials within the organisation.

The role

Role of an NHS Foundation Trust Board

The Trust board plays a key role in shaping the strategy, vision and purpose of the organisation. They hold the organisation to account for the delivery of strategy and ensure value for money. They are also responsible for assuring that risks to the organisation and the public are managed and mitigated effectively. Led by an independent Chair and composed of executive and independent non-executive members, the Board has a collective responsibility for the performance of the organisation.The purpose of NHS boards is to govern effectively, and in so doing build patient, public, council of governors and stakeholder confidence that their health and healthcare is in safe hands. This fundamental accountability to the public and stakeholders is delivered by building confidence:

  • In the quality and safety of health services
  • That resources are invested in a way that delivers optimal health outcomes.
  • In the accessibility and responsiveness of health services.
  • That patients and the public can help to shape health services to meet their needs.
  • That public money is spent in a way that is fair, efficient, effective and economic.

Specific responsibilities of the Audit and Risk Committee Chair

  • Chair the Audit and Risk Committee and participate in other committees established by the Board of Directors to exercise delegated responsibility
  • Bring independent financial acumen to the work of the Audit and Risk Committee across its governance, risk management, assurance and internal control functions.
  • Provide leadership to the Audit and Risk Committee to ensure that it is effective in its role and that internal control systems are in place and operating
  • Ensure that the Audit and Risk Committee is well informed and has timely access to all the information it requires
  • Facilitate the contribution of all members of the Audit and Risk Committee, auditors and other invited participants.
  • Ensure that the Board receives sound advice, assurance and useful and timely reports from the Committee.

Essential criteria

With an understanding and interest in healthcare issues the postholder will have sufficient time and commitment to fulfil the role, along with these essential criteria:

  • Experience of working at board level, or equivalent, in either a private or public sector environment and able to demonstrate an understanding of corporate governance requirements along with sound independent judgement, diplomacy and political astuteness.
  • A commensurate professional financial qualification and the ability to contribute specific skills in financial management, accountancy and audit.
  • Senior level governance experience demonstrating strong strategic planning, financial management, risk management and performance management, along with large scale business transformation.
  • The ability to support the executive team and their leadership of the organisation, while monitoring their conduct and seeking to uphold the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity.
  • The ability to listen to others, question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and reach decisions dispassionately.
  • The ability to promote the highest standards of corporate governance and ensure compliance with the Trust’s provider licence.
  • Demonstrate clear understanding of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of a Non-executive Director.
  • Demonstrates values and behaviours in line with “The seven principles of public life”

Application documents


To be eligible to be appointed, or to continue to serve, as a Non-executive Director, a person must meet the criteria set out below:

  • Live within the designated area of the Trust’s public constituency. The public constituency is outlined in full in the information pack and covers: Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North Amber Valley, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, South Sheffield and Rotherham and Southern Derbyshire and West Nottinghamshire.
  • Meet the criteria set out in the Care Quality Commission’s regulation,Fit and Proper Persons: Directors and Self-certification to be completed and returned with any application.

To be eligible to be appointed, candidates cannot be a member of staff of this Trust disqualified by the criteria set out in the information pack.

Application process

  • Closing date for receipt of applications 2 March 2018
  • Shortlisting 7 March 2018
  • Interviews 16 March 2018
  • Announcement 4 April 2018
  • Proposed start date 17 April 2018

Applications for this role should be made in writing. Please submit the following:

  • Your CV, with a covering letter outlining why the role of Non-Executive Director appeals to you and how your knowledge and skills would benefit the Board of Directors.
  • The self-certification at Appendix 2 (see page 23 for eligibility details).
  • The names and contacts details of two referees (professional and personal)

Send your application, marked PERSONAL IN CONFIDENCE, by the closing date of Friday, March 2nd 2018 to:
NED Appointment Panel
Chief Executive’s Office
Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Top Road Calow

Find out more

If you would like an informal discussions about this appointment, or would like to visit the hospital to talk through the role in more detail, please call the Chief Executive’s office on 01246 513161 to arrange an appointment with the Chair, one of the Non-Executive Directors and/or the lead Governor.

For more details and a recruitment pack call, go to www.chesterfieldroyal.nhs.uk (click ‘Work for Us’) or e-mail: crhft.chief-executive@nhs.net

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