Mar 082021
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Chair

Chair - Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Employer: Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Location: Chester
Salary: £47,100.00 per annum for circa 3 days per week
Closing date: 29th March
Job Ref: GSe68257.1


The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services at a 600 bedded General Hospital on the Countess of Chester Health Park, and a 70 bedded rehabilitation and intermediate Care Service at Ellesmere Port Hospital. We have an annual income of over £270 million and almost 4,000 dedicated staff providing a comprehensive range of high-quality medical services to more than 445,000 patients per year from an area covering Western Cheshire, Ellesmere Port, Neston, and North Wales.

We are committed to achieving continuous improvement in the safety and quality of all our patient services and our vision is to deliver NHS care locally that makes our staff and our community proud. We are a key partner in our health and care partnership locally and in the wider Cheshire and Merseyside region and we are increasingly seeking to play a greater role working with partners to transform public services through integration that meets our populations’ needs. As we respond to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognise and value the significant resilience and commitment of our dedicated workforce and the importance of creating a culture in which they are both empowered and supported.

We are now seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead our unitary board and our Council of Governors. An experienced and influential leader with a broad range of experience, you will demonstrate sound judgement, political acumen, and strategic influence that will bring focus and a fresh perspective to our aims as a significant public service organisation. We are seeking a values-driven, inspiring leader with some recent NHS Board experience probably in a Non-Executive capacity; an exceptional communicator who can quickly build personal credibility in a complex stakeholder environment. Able to articulate a clear vision, you will demonstrate a successful track record of leading complex, transformational change working across organisational boundaries. This is an excellent opportunity to use your energy, skills, and experience to make a lasting difference to the health and wellbeing of people served by our Trust now and in the future.

To discuss further, please contact Julia St Clare, Emma Pickup or Michelle Shirley of GatenbySanderson on 07807 631 564.

To view the job description and person specification, and to apply, please click here.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, completed fit and proper person form, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Recruitment timetable

  • Closing Date: Monday 29th March 2021
  • Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
    w/c 5th April 2021 and early w/c 12 April 2021
  • Final Panel Interviews
    w/c 26th April 2021

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