Jun 192021
 
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director - Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

We are seeking a Non-executive Director with a finance qualification for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

The opportunity

There is a vacancy for a Non-executive Director at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) to join the Board team, chair the Finance & Performance Committee and attend the Audit Committee. This is an exceptional opportunity for a candidate who lives in the Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland area to share your talents and commercial / financial expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of the one million people served by the Trust.

There is emphatic evidence that diverse boards make the best decisions. LPT want to take positive action to increase the diversity of their board team. In non-executive roles nationally, it is known that people from the local Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, LGBT communities, younger people and those with lived experience of disability are all under-represented. They want a change.

The health of people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland varies considerably and presents a number of challenges to the health system, and to their efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of the population. Leicester City is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England and about 23% (17,100) of children live in low income families. Leicester is an ethnically diverse city with 48.6% of the population from an ethnic minority group, compared to 13.6% nationally. The health of people in Leicestershire and Rutland is generally better than the England average. Both Leicestershire and Rutland have populations older than the national average. For instance, in Rutland, 24.2% of the population is aged 65 or over, compared to a national average of 17.9%.The ageing population, particularly in Leicestershire and Rutland, presents additional challenges to the health system in tackling multi-morbidities. (This information is taken from the Public Health England Local Authority Health Profiles 2018)

LPT don’t reflect these diverse communities’ populations in their boardroom and they want that to change to ensure that the voices of all their diverse communities are heard. Of their Board members, 11% are BAME, 5% mixed race, 5% have a disability and 47% are female (43% of their Non-Executive Directors and 50% Executive Directors are women).

We are really interested in receiving applications from people with different backgrounds and experience, particularly from local BAME communities with senior level experience.

Essential criteria

We are looking for candidates who want to use their energy, skills and experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It is important to have a strong connection with the area served by the Trust so that non-executives understand the local health needs of our population and our diverse communities.

Values

You must demonstrate a clear commitment to the trust’s values and the NHS values and principles outlined in the NHS Constitution and 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.

Core competencies

You will work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board. The Trust need diverse, inclusive and compassionate leaders who not only reflect the community they serve and the staff employed but have the leadership style and breadth of perspective to make good collective decisions. As an NHS leader, you will be able to demonstrate the five core competencies required to contribute effectively in the NHS non-executive director’s role. You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:

  • bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • shape and support an inclusive, compassionate, person-centred culture for the trust, encouraging diversity, change and innovation
  • close the gap on health inequalities, and achieve the service changes that are needed to improve population health
  • use personal knowledge and experience to hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge
  • achieve the best sustainable outcomes for patients and service users by encouraging continuous improvement, clinical excellence and value for money
  • balance organisational governance priorities with system collaboration; prioritising population health in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.

Lived experience

Personally, you will bring a range of professional expertise as well as community understanding and experience to the work of the board. We are interested in your life experience and personal motivation that will add valuable personal insights such as: a patient or carer of a service user; experience of gender and women’s issues; engaging with diverse social, economic and cultural groups and communities; experiences and challenges of younger people; and those with lived experience of mental health issues and/or living with physical disability.

Additional criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have recent, relevant financial or commercial expertise gained at a senior strategic level in a large, complex organisation with the ability to Chair the Finance and Performance Committee.

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

  • 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 trust

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.

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 the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive 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

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications 2 July 2021 at 12 noon
  • Interview date 22 July 2021
  • Proposed start date Summer 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

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Cathy Ellis, the Chair of the trust prior to submitting an application. Please contact Sonja Whelan on 07525 723336 or email Sonja.whelan@leicspart.nhs.uk
  • NHS England / NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Helen Barlow by emailing helen.barlow2@nhs.net

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