Jun 042021
 
Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Non-Executive Director in common

Non-Executive Director in common - Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Opportunity

Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust (ESTH) and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (St George’s) are seeking high calibre candidates to apply to join the Boards of Directors as a Non-executive Director in common (NED in common). This is an opportunity to share your expertise and experience, contribute to the leadership of the Trusts and help them deliver their vision of outstanding care, to their patients, staff and the communities they serve across South West London and beyond.

The successful candidate will Chair the Trusts’ Audit Committees and must therefore be a qualified accountant and bring relevant and recent financial experience.

This is an exciting time to join both trusts, as they implement their strategies, develop their culture, and work in closer collaboration to transform patient care at both Trusts and with their partners across South West London.

Essential criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have the following experience:

  • Recent, relevant and senior or board level financial experience gained within a large and complex organisation. You will be a qualified accountant with the ability to chair the Audit Committee.
  • A demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:

  • work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board
  • bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge
  • shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trusts, including championing equality, diversity and inclusion at scale.

All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

As a future NHS leader, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board level role. These are outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model.

Applicants should live in or have strong connections with the area served by the trusts.

Given the significant public profile and responsibility members of NHS Boards hold, it is vital that those appointed inspire confidence of the public, patients and NHS staff at all times. NHS Improvement makes a number of specific background checks to ensure that those we appoint are “fit and proper” people to hold these important roles. More information can be found on our website.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from local black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and people with disabilities, who we know are all under-represented in these important roles.

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Application documents

  • L2360 Information pack
    This is a comprehensive information pack for candidates, which explain the requirements to undertake the role, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust.
  • Monitoring Form
    We like to monitor information to establish who applies for our roles and to ensure no group is treated unfairly. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will not be shared with the selection panel unless explicitly stated.

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications* 10 June 2021 at 11am
  • Interview date w/c 5 July 2021
  • Proposed start date July/August 2021

*Please read the candidate information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to NHSI.Chairsandneds@nhs.net.

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Government’s Principles of Public Appointments and Governance Code and are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments

Find out more

  • Alumni Harvey Nash are helping us to identify potential candidates, if you would like a confidential discussion about the role contact Thomas Patterson, Director at thomas.patterson@harveynash.com or on 07970 339151
  • At shortlist stage we strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Gillian Norton, the Chair of the trusts and / or Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive of St George’s, and Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of ESTH. These discussions can be facilitated by Alumni Harvey Nash.
  • NHS England / NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Helen Barlow on 0300 123 2038 or by emailing helen.barlow2@nhs.net

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