Jan 152017
 

When I left the NHS five years ago, becoming a non-executive was just not on my bucket list.

Mandy Wearne Non-Executive DirectorAlthough I am an NHS lifer, when I left, it was to set up my own health business with a friend and frankly it has been a blast! We have had our ups and downs but on the whole a move from the trials of public sector life, was welcomed.  My own business has however given me a different perspective on public service and I think I will be a better NED for it.

My entry point into the world of non-executive recruitment has really come from other people. When I think back over my career that seems to have happened a lot! Someone has said – ‘you'd be good at that job’ and the next thing I would take a pause from what I was doing, check it out with people I rated and the next thing I would be applying for another challenge.  So my first tip would be, if you are not sure about applying or have not had any luck so far, listen to what your networks are telling you and test it out with people you trust to give you a straight answer. A NED post may or maybe be for you.

Mandy's tips for applying

  1. Brush up your CV
    You can get more information about writing a NED CV here
  2. Get to know NED recruiters
    It pays to build relationships with specialist recruiters - and don't forget to ask for feedback
  3. Make it personal
    Choose a NED role that you can be passionate about

So what are my tips about applying? First, brush-up your CV. Make sure your achievements are FAB. By that I mean, think about your career achievements in terms of ‘Features’, ‘Analysis’ and ‘Benefits’. Can you clearly describe what you did and what you achieved? Can you quantify it? Can you clearly attribute benefits and to who and what? This really helps when you are asked at interview ‘tell me about’ or ‘can you give me an example of when’…

My second tip, the NHS NED recruitment is normally through a recruitment company. Get to know them. If needed, invest in a meeting with a recruitment consultant. They will be able to help you present yourself in the most positive way. More importantly, if you get to a first level interview with them, no matter the outcome, get their feedback. It will really help your interview or to steer you towards future applications.

My final tip is ‘make it personal’. I know being a NED in the NHS is going to challenge me but the NHS is in my soul and has played an important part in who and what I am. It will require big dollops of energy and resilience and a new style of leadership from me. So whatever direction you go in, make sure you choose a NED role that you are passionate about. For me, I am returning to where my NHS career started. The timing is right; it feels a bit like coming home.

Mandy Wearne

January 2017

About the Author

Mandy Wearne MPH, RHV, RM, RN, Dip Nursing (dist)

Non-Executive Director at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Company Director at Inspiration NW

 

Jul 032015
 

Department of Health

Chair – National Oversight Group for High Secure Forensic Services

department-of-health-logoThe National Oversight Group for High Secure Forensic Services (NOG) is an advisory body that brings together representation from NHS England the Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice, Monitor, the Trust Development Authority, the Welsh Assembly Government, and high secure care providers and commissioners, who have expertise and/or accountability for provision, regulation, commissioning, authorisation and/or high secure care pathways.

The purpose of NOG is to provide NHS England assurance that high secure services are being commissioned and provided in line with the High Security Psychiatric Services Directions and to the highest standards. Responsibility for direct commissioning and service delivery sits with NHS England and the high security services (HSS) providers respectively.

Candidates will have experience at a senior level in the capacity of regulator, commissioner and/or provider of publicly funded care with specific expertise in one or more of the following: public and/or private sector regulation; trustee or other board member in another non-for-profit organisation; direct interface with government ministers or government departments; successful professional expertise in design/procurement/accountability in the operation of publicly funded provision; proven track record in advocacy in a legal setting and/or in other similar national/regional Boards.

The time commitment will be up to 15 days per year with remuneration of £800 per day.

For further information and how to apply please visit http://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/chair-national-oversight-group-high-secure-forensic-services/

If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio please call Holly Wainwright on 0113 254 6135 quoting reference EC15-24.

The closing date for applications is midday on Thursday 16th July 2015.

The Department of Health and NHS England value and promote diversity and are committed to encouraging applications from all sections of the community.

May 282015
 

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Non-Executive Directors

non-executive directorAt South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, we respond to 999 calls, provide non-emergency patient transport services and deliver the NHS111 clinical advice service for the region.

Covering 3,600 square miles, our diverse geographical area includes busy towns, sleepy villages and some of the UK’s busiest stretches of motorway.  Our staff of over 3,700 work across 110 sites throughout Kent, Surrey and Sussex.  Almost 90% of them are involved in patient care; face to face or by telephone.

During the last year we received more than three quarters of a million 999 calls with over 9,000 categorised as immediately life threatening.  More than 75% of those patients were reached within eight minutes. We also answered more than 1 million NHS111 calls and undertook nearly half a million Patient Transport journeys.

As a high performing and progressive Trust, we are looking to appoint a new Non-Executive Director to our Board, who has recent senior level experience in a public sector health and/or social care organisation of comparable scale and complexity.

Additionally, Non-Executive Directors need to have:

  • Current or recent experience of working at board level;
  • A strong personal commitment to the Trust or the motivation and intellectual curiosity to gain that commitment;
  • A high level of commitment to patients, carers and the community, especially to disadvantaged groups;
  • The ability to think and plan ahead, balancing needs and constraints;
  • The ability to accept accountability and probe and challenge constructively;
  • The ability to influence and persuade others;
  • A strong commitment to working as a team member;
  • The motivation to improve NHS performance and confidence to take on personal and organisational challenges;
  • Knowledge of what good governance looks like and the willingness to abide by those tenets;
  • The ability to think clearly and creatively.

Experience of health care commissioning and the associated complexities is desirable; or experience of service redesign and/or clinical pathways.  Equally attractive would be experience and an understanding of social care, with an interest in social inclusion and the challenges of equality and diversity.

Trust Non-Executives are remunerated at £13,000 per annum and should expect to work a minimum of four days per month.

For further information visit www.veredus.co.uk reference 926418 or, for an informal discussion, please contact our retained consultant at Veredus, Sarah Illingworth on 020 7932 4221.

The closing date for applications is 22 June 2015

May 282015
 

non-executive directorRecruiter: Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
Location: Birmingham
Salary: £10,000 p.a as an Associate NED, rising to £15,000 if appointed to a substantive NED role
Posted: May 29 2015
Closes: June 30 2015
Job Function: Associate Non-Executive Director
Industry: Health
Position Type: Permanent

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust is one of the largest and most complex mental health foundation trusts in the country. It is a high performing Trust with a rating of ‘Good’ from the CQC.

We are currently seeking a new Associate Non - Executive Director to join our Board following the retirement of one of our longest service Non-Executive Directors (NED), and the promotion of our existing Associate Non-Executive director into a full NED role.

We are looking for someone with a strong financial background to join our Board, initially in a non-voting position, but with a view to moving into a full NED role in the autumn of 2016 when another of our NEDs is due to retire. The appointee will need to have a formal financial qualification and the experience and expertise to take on the role of the Chair of the Audit Committee at that time.

We are seeking an individual who will bring a strong focus on financial and corporate governance and strategic vision. Working with a complex and dynamic agenda, you will be a good communicator who can challenge effectively as part of an open, transparent and committed unitary Board and who has
the personal skills to work effectively with our Council of Governors, whose role it is to hold the Board
to account through the Non-Executive Directors.

We look forward to hearing from individuals who may be looking to move into their first NHS Board role as well as those who may be more experienced, but who may be looking to diversify into Mental Health services. What is most important is that you share our values, and are committed to working with us to continuously improve health and wellbeing services for people with mental health conditions and to reducing stigma.

To learn more about the roles, and for details of our eligibility criteria, please download a copy of the candidate brief, and for an informal discussion please call - Sue Davis, Chair on 0121 301 1319.

Closing date: Letters of application to be received by Tuesday, June 30 2015, shortlisting first week
of July, interviews to be held on July 28

Letter applications should be received by June 30 2015 sent to:

Deborah Lawrenson, Company Secretary
Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
Chief Executives Office,
Unit 1, B1 Trust HQ
50 Summer Hill Road
Ladywood
Birmingham
B1 3RB
Deborah.lawrenson@bsmhft.nhs.uk

Candidate Brief

Letter from the Chair

Nov 272014
 

Exciting opportunities have arisen for a Chair and three experienced and well respected Directors to join Derbyshire Health United Ltd in the role of Non-Executive Director and Board Member

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Derbyshire Health United Ltd provides quality Primary Healthcare services.  As a not for profit social enterprise, we have a philosophy of commitment to high standards, a proactive approach towards patient care and to achieving the delivery of a patient focused service.

Exciting opportunities have arisen for a Chair and three experienced and well respected Directors to join DHU in the role of Non-Executive Director and Board Member. We are seeking to appoint individuals who share our values and ambitions and are passionate about building on our success.

The Chair will have responsibility for Non-Executive Directors. The NED’s will influence and work with the CEO, Executive Directors and other Board members to inform, deliver and develop the company strategy in line with commissioning requirements.

We are looking for individuals who have proven experience in:

  • Influencing strategy, quality improvements and service delivery at a senior level
  • Effective and credible communication with a wide range of stakeholders at both local and national levels
  • Ensuring Corporate Governance
  • Understanding complex strategic issues, in order to achieve enhanced delivery
  • Experience of challenging current thinking and practice in a constructive and positive way.
  • Commercial experience
  • Local health and or social community role and or clinical qualification
  • Strategic business management  / human resource experience
  • Experience as a patient or relative

Informal enquires are welcomed with our Vice Chairman Dr Phil Cox on philip.c@cbits.net or CEO Stephen Bateman on Stephen.Bateman@derbyshirehealthunited.nhs.uk

For further information or to apply for these vacancies, please go to www.jobs.nhs.uk, quote J78-480-NED for the Non-Executive Directors and J78-489-CHA for the Chair vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 14th December 2014

Derbyshire Health United Ltd is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. These posts are 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 Criminal Records Bureau to check for any previous criminal convictions.

This role is part of the integrated health and social care community across Derbyshire, where there are many opportunities to work across different locations and providers developing new and different skills.  Whilst this role is initially based in Derby/Chesterfield/Leicester there are likely to be future opportunities to be based at different locations within the health and social care community which we may talk to you about in the future.

Nov 042014
 

2gether NHS Foundation Trust are looking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors to their Board

non-executive director2gether NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, social care and developmental disability (learning disability) services to the populations of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. We operate from approximately 140 sites and employ over 2,300 people.

A high performing and progressive organisation, we are looking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors to our Board, who will:

  • Provide leadership, with fellow Directors, to ensure we deliver high quality services in line with our key strategic objectives, which are:
    • Continuous Quality Improvement,
    • Building Engagement and
    • Ensuring Sustainable Services;
  • Provide independent advice and counsel on the strategic direction of the Trust, ensuring constructive challenge and scrutiny on our current and future business plans;
  • Role model the values and principles of the Trust.

We are seeking skilled communicators and influencers, who possess excellent leadership skills and a depth of experience at Board level within a large and complex organisation. Ideally candidates for both posts will have a clinical background in primary care.

In addition, for the first post, experience of health care commissioning and the associated complexities is desirable; or experience of service redesign and/or clinical pathways. This will be underpinned by a good grounding in governance.

For the second post, we are seeking those with experience and an understanding of social care, with an interest in social inclusion and the challenges of equality and diversity. Suitable candidates will be able to demonstrate experience of engaging with diverse communities and stakeholders and have knowledge of the issues relating to social housing.

Candidates who can represent our Herefordshire constituency would be most welcome.

For further information visit www.veredus.co.uk reference 925264 or, for an informal discussion, please contact our retained consultants Sarah Illingworth on 020 7932 4221 or Michelle Atkinson on 020 7932 4316.

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Aug 282014
 

Bristol Community Health CIC, a social enterprise provider of NHS Community Health Services in Bristol has vacancies for two Non-Executive Directors

non-executive directorBristol Community Health CIC, a social enterprise provider of NHS Community Health Services in Bristol has vacancies for two non-executive directors, one immediate and one from January 2015.

For the first vacancy the company is open-minded about the skillset and background although applications should demonstrate relevant experience for a non-executive role in a £45 million turnover company with 1100 employees.

Local networks, senior experience in public services, business, informatics/technology, health or social care would be an advantage.

The second vacancy is for a Non-Executive Director with a clinical background. This director will take the non-executive lead for the Board on clinical matters and will chair the Quality Assurance and Governance Committee.

This opportunity is open to healthcare professionals, including local GPs, who can demonstrate relevant experience and have a passion for and commitment to community services.

Remuneration is £7000 for a commitment of 2-3 days per month.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Dawn West (email Dawn.West@briscomhealth.nhs.uk) by 30 September 2014

To arrange an informal discussion with the Chairman, Paul Kearney, contact Rachel Corrigan (email: rachel.corrigan@briscomhealth.nhs.uk)

Aug 042014
 

Are you looking for an interesting Non-Executive Director opportunity to develop your leadership skills and join a new Executive Committee guiding a growing social enterprise?

LymphCare UKFollowing a successful spin-out from the NHS three years ago LymphCare UK continues to go from strength to strength as a growing and vibrant community based organisation innovating in healthcare.  We are a Community Interest Company and a Social Enterprise that provides comprehensive Community Lymphoedema Services in Dudley and Sandwell. Currently, the service runs from three bespoke clinical sites and domiciliary visits to house bound patients.

We are seeking to appoint two Independent Non-Executive Directors (INEDs), including a Chair of the Executive Committee, to support significant growth over the next three years. The INEDs will be required to contribute to the development of LymphCare UK business through demonstrating expertise in one or more of the following areas: (i) The Modern Health Economy (ii) Enterprise or Business Development (iii) Community Engagement.

The appointment is for a three year fixed term.. In this exciting opportunity your key tasks will be:

  1. Contributing to the LymphCare UK Executive Committee in the fulfillment of its agreed terms of reference
  2. Supporting specific aspects of LymphCare UK’s business through the provision of specialist expertise which arises from personal knowledge and professional experience
  3. Championing LymphCare UK with its key stakeholders
  4. Ensuring that principles of good governance and management are applied to the business of LymphCare UK
  5. Identifying and minimising barriers and risks to the success of LymphCare UK

We are looking for the successful applicants to have:

  • High levels of energy and commitment
  • An ability to exercise vision and a strategic overview
  • Sound knowledge of and commitment to best practice in leadership and governance
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

How to apply

Please email lperkins@lymphcare.co.uk for a recruitment pack that will include further details of the role and an application form.  Applications close on 22nd August 2014.

 

Jul 142014
 

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust is looking for a Chair for the Board and the Council of Governors

Remuneration: £45,000 - 3 days per week minimum

“An opportunity to shape the future of your local health services”

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust Colchester Hospital is an established NHS Foundation Trust.  We provide a complex range of services for the local population (c.370,000 people) living in Colchester and the surrounding areas of north east Essex and parts of Suffolk.  Additionally, we provide specialist radiotherapy and oncology services to around 670,000 people across north and mid-Essex.  This is a large and complex organisation with a workforce of c.4,000 and has an annual income budget of c.£268million.  The Trust has an important and influential role in providing sector leading health care across a financially challenged and complex health economy.

With improvement work well underway to address concerns raised recently by regulators, the Trust is undergoing a dynamic programme of change.   The outgoing Chair, Dr Sally Irvine, is standing down in September after four years, and as incoming Chair you will have the opportunity to shape your board leadership team whilst continuing the drive to deliver the vision of providing safe, effective and personal healthcare for every patient, every time.   As Chair of the Council of Governors you will also work with governors to help them hold the Board of Directors to account and support the Trust in the community which will require you to work with a complex array of people including commissioners and of course with governors, patients, local community leaders, staff, other health and social care providers and regulators, providing you with an exciting, challenging and multi-dimensional board leadership role.

If you share the vision and passion for defining how the Trust will provide high quality sustainable services in the future, this is an opportunity you should explore further.  You will be a seasoned board level leader and consummate ambassador offering: exceptional communication, leadership and strategic influencing skills together with an impressive track record of delivering organisational change gained either within a large corporate or public service environment.

For a confidential discussion please contact Annette Sergeant on 020 7932 4256 or Simon Potts on 07880 188999.

Closing date is 13th August

- See more at: http://www.veredus.co.uk/job/chair-jobid-16836

Jul 042014
 

We are seeking inspirational leaders who can use their energy and experience to drive the delivery of sustainable services that meet the standards expected by the patients of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust - Chair The Trust is committed to building on its reputation locally as the provider of choice, by progressing its application to become a stand-alone Foundation Trust. To achieve this it needs to demonstrate its financial sustainability as well as the long term viability of services. The new Chair will provide challenge and scrutiny in the on-going development of the strategic direction for the Trust, creating vision to secure improved healthcare services for patients.

The new Chair will be operating in a highly political environment, where difficult decisions about services will need to be taken to ensure patient safety. They will be crucial in engaging with and addressing the concerns of patients, staff and the public within the catchment that the Trust serves, in addition to local community and health economy stakeholders and local opinion formers to ensure the Trust effectively communicates its ambition for improved healthcare services for patients, both now and in the future.

This is an incredibly important role, providing a unique opportunity to make a positive difference for patients. The new Chair will have an important external focus, providing the challenge and leadership needed to oversee the transfer of staff and services from The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and improvements in services, whilst ensuring the on-going ambitions for Foundation Trust status. They will provide the vision and drive to maintain robust organisational governance and secure and sustainable healthcare services for the community.

This is a part time role and the successful candidate will have considerable flexibility to decide how they undertake the role. We estimate that on average, it will require approximately 2 to 3 days a week, including preparation time away from the Trust and an occasional evening engagement.

Candidates should live in or have strong connections with the area served by the Trust. We will, however, consider applications from those with the appropriate experience that live in the surrounding area.

For an informal and confidential discussion regarding the role please contact Annette Sergeant on 0207 932 4393 or email annette.sergeant@veredus.co.uk or Michelle Atkinson on 07769 165101 or email michelle.atkinson@veredus.co.uk

Close Date: 05/08/2014

Interviews: 15/09/2014