The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) provides health care to residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset and part of the New Forest with a total population of circa half a million. We gained Foundation Status at an early point, 2005, have a track record of successful operational, clinical and financial performance and an experienced and stable board. Our current Chair is due to stand down after over six years in post and we are seeking to appoint someone who can lead us into an exciting new phase of our development.
Dorset’s Clinical Commissioning Group is currently undertaking their Clinical Services Review and their intention is that they will go to public consultation later this year, with their preferred option being that RBCH becomes the major emergency centre for the east of the county. This is part of a significant restructuring of how health care services are delivered in the region.
These plans have further crystallised to include the possibility of a merger between RBCH and nearby Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. As such we are entering a period of change and require a Chair who can bring system leadership, clarity of thought and strategic perspective to bear as we reposition ourselves to take advantage of the opportunities this reconfiguration could bring.
The Chair must ensure good governance underpins all decision making, will provide appropriate support and challenge to the Chief Executive and Executive Directors, encourage and harness the contribution our Council of Governors makes and play a key role externally to the Trust - helping to shape regional services so that they remain high quality, safe and sustainable now and in the future for the local populace.
We are seeking candidates who have a strong record of achievement in an executive or non-executive capacity at board level within an environment of appropriate complexity and scale. They will need to be able to demonstrate political astuteness, good influencing and communication skills, excellent corporate governance knowledge and a commitment to and interest in our local health economy. While experience of the NHS would be advantageous it is not essential; what is more important are the values and skills you will bring to our Trust.
For further information and a briefing pack, please contact Robert Wright or Adam Kovacs at the NHS Leadership Academy on 0113 322 5672. To apply, please email your CV and supporting statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.