Aug 122020

NExT (Non-Executive) Director - University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB).

UHDB’s NExT Director Programme

There is emphatic evidence that diverse boards make the best decisions. At UHDB we want to take positive action to increase the diversity of our board team. In non-executive roles nationally, we know 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. We want a change.

We are really interested in receiving applications from people with different backgrounds and from local BAME communities with senior level experience who want to learn more about being a non-executive director in the NHS.As part of our board’s succession plans to improve diversity we are offering two development placements to talented people who want to be NHS non-executives so that they can learn first-hand about the challenges and opportunities associated with being a non-executive director in the NHS today.

The 12 month NExT Director programme will give successful candidates a unique insight into the role and responsibilities of being an NHS non-executive director by supporting senior people in bridging knowledge gaps, for example:

  • Operating at board level
  • Transitioning from executive to non-executive roles
  • Board level exposure in and organisation of huge size and complexity
  • Understanding NHS structures and accountability, how the money flows, who the key partners are, where all the regulators fit and the board’s role in quality and safety

The opportunity

You will feel part of the UHDB leadership team and invited and encouraged to take part in board discussions and in committee debate. You will be offered a placement with a range of development support:

  • Access to board and committee meetings and papers as appropriate, including an opportunity to review and analyse meetings to learn with board members
  • The assignment of an experienced non-executive director mentor for the period to help shape your personal programme and provide regular feedback and advice
  • Opportunities to shadow key senior staff and meet staff and patients’ groups
  • a comprehensive local induction programme based on our offer to our new substantive non-executives and access to the same training and networking opportunities available to them
  • The opportunity to learn and contribute to the full range of UHDB’s organisational challenges, leadership styles and governance structures

This is a development opportunity and not an appointment or employment. It does not entitle you to a position with UHDB or any other Trust at the end of your placement.

NExT Director - person specification

This specification describes the skills, experience and attributes that are required to be considered for one of these placements as a NExT Director with UHDB.

The NHS is founded on principles and values that bind together the diverse communities and people it serves – patients and public – and the staff who work for it.

Required values, competencies and experience


You must demonstrate a clear commitment to the trust’s values and the NHS values and principles outlined in the NHS Constitution and thestandards 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 non-executive and executive board colleagues. We need diverse, inclusive and compassionate leaders who not only reflect the community we serve and the staff we employ but have the leadership style and breadth of perspective to make good collective decisions. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to contribute confidently and effectively in the NHS provider non-executive director’s role. More information about the non-executive director role in the is available from NHS England and NHS Improvement. You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your senior level 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 using a collaborative and engaging leadership style
  • use personal knowledge and experience to hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge using strong analytical skills to review and interpret complex information to identify risks and evaluate options
  • 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; able to form alliances and work diplomatically across complex interfaces to prioritise 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. 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; engaging with diverse ethnic, cultural, social and economic and cultural groups and communities; experience of gender and women’s issues; 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 also have:

  • the self-knowledge and appetite to drive your own learning and development, and the ability to engage with and add value to the work of UHDB board and its sub committees
  • senior experience from private, public or voluntary sector with a strong understanding the of legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of being a non-executive director in today’s NHS.

Eligibility criteria:

The NExT Director Scheme is a development programme created by NHS England and NHS Improvement focussed on supporting people from groups who are currently under-represented on our NHS boards into these important non-executive roles. It focuses on supporting people with protected characteristics and senior level experience into board level roles in the NHS.

Application documents

  • Information pack (M2221)PDF, 361.4 KB
    This is a comprehensive information pack for candidates, which explains the requirements to undertake the role, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust.
  • Monitoring form (M2221)RTF, 930.0 KB
    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 receipt of applications* 7 September 2020 at 11am
Interview date 1 October 2020

* Please forward your completed application to

Find out more

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Dr Kathy McLean, OBE, the Chair of the trust. Please contact Amy Brinklow on 01332 786259 or by emailing
  • NHS England / NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker, Non-executive Appointments Officer on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

%d bloggers like this: