Jan 142021
Northumbria Primary Care – Chair

Chair- Northumbria Primary Care

Main area: Non Executive Director
Grade: Executives / VSM: Executives / VSM
Contract: Fixed term: 3 years
Hours: Part time: 4 hours per week (2 days per month)
Job ref: 319-2869057TL
Site: North Tyneside Hospital
Town: North Shields
Salary: £15,518
Salary period: Yearly
Closing: 31/01/2021 23:59

Northumbria Primary Care Ltd (NPC) is a pioneering partnership with local GPs and now manages several GP practices with around 50,000 registered patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Whilst appointees will have a base practice within NPC, they may be asked to work at other practices across our group. We do however limit this as much as possible as we appreciate continuity is vital to effective primary care.

Please note that NPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The successful applicant will be an employee of the subsidiary and not be employed under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions, unless specifically stated.

We recognise the positive value of diversity and inclusion and are committed to a workforce that is diverse, equal and inclusive. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME people are currently under-represented in our workforce as well as other under-represented groups such as LGBT+ and disabled candidates. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, we have a Gold award from the Defense Recognition Scheme, and we are delighted to support Apprenticeships, Age Posi+ive and are a mindful employer.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if they indicate they wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments to attend interview please make the recruitment team aware as soon as possible by calling our HR Recruitment Team on 0191 203 1415 option 2.

Make sure to read the ‘applicant guidance notes’ before submitting your application and make sure you know everything there is to know before applying to join our fantastic organisation.

Please note that it is a requirement of NPC that successful applicants may need to pay for their own DBS certificate if a DBS check is required for the post. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first monthly pay.

Job overview

Northumbria Primary Care (NPC) Ltd is an ambitious and growing business, and to help shape growth and lead future strategy, it now seeks to appoint a non-executive Chair of the Board. The Chair will provide leadership to the NPC Board of Directors and will be an important link between it and its parent organisation. They will provide balanced, independent, informed and objective challenge to Board colleagues whilst also being an ambassador for NPC on the local, regional and national stage.

You will need to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of public service, with the highest standards of personal propriety in relation to governance, accountability, risk and financial management. You should also have a clear understanding of, and clear alignment to, the Trust’s values.

Main duties of the job

The Chair provides leadership to the NPC Board of Directors and provides an important link between NPC and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. You will need to have the experience, confidence and credibility to constructively challenge Executive Directors, senior clinicians and other senior managers. Background is open and may include private sector, public sector or third sector experience. Key will be your strong commercial acumen, experience of growing innovative businesses and your broad understanding of business issues including governance, strategic risk, performance management and finance. Accustomed to holding a high level of accountability you will have the gravitas and credibility to lead the Board whilst building effective and long lasting relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Used to leading business growth you will exercise your independent judgement, whilst demonstrating your commitment to public service values and high level of integrity.

Working for our organisation

Established in 2015, Northumbria Primary Care Limited (NPC) leads and manages seven General Practice surgeries in Northumberland and North Tyneside. With an income of c£7m and employing c200 staff, the business has brought together General Practice teams into a single collaborative organisation which has the expertise, drive and enthusiasm to shape the future of primary care services in the region. A subsidiary of the top performing Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the mission of NPC Ltd is to revolutionise the relationship between primary, secondary and community care in order to deliver high quality, innovative and seamless care to its patient population.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Significant successful leadership experience in an organisation of similar size and complexity, whether in the private, public or voluntary sectors
  • Previous experience as a Non-Executive Director or equivalent
  • Extensive experience of holding senior individuals and teams to account
  • Accustomed to being held to a high level of accountability
  • Strong business acumen and a sound knowledge of good corporate governance, strategic planning, risk and performance management
  • Broad understanding of financial issues with a responsible but entrepreneurial approach
  • Commercially and politically astute in particular area of expertise
  • Extensive track record of organisational change and business growth
  • Experience of building effective and lasting working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders

Person specification


Desirable criteria

    • Qualified at masters level or above
    • Qualification at degree level as a minimum standard
    • Professionally qualified in a discipline such as law, finance or a medical nursing or allied health profession or similar.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from apps.trac.jobs. You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

Further details / informal visits contact

Name: Frank Townsley Wells
Job title: CEO Executive Search
Email address: frank@ftwexeutivesearch.com

non-executive director

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