Apr 152020

Non-executive Director - West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Remuneration: £13,000
Commitment: Circa 4 days per month

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) provides hospital and community healthcare services to people mainly in the west of Suffolk, and is an associate teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge. We serve a predominantly rural geographical area and population of around 280,000.

The main catchment area for the Trust extends to Thetford in the north, Sudbury in the south, Newmarket to the west and Stowmarket to the east. Whilst mainly serving the population of Suffolk, WSFT also provides care for parts of the neighbouring counties of Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

The Trust’s main facility is West Suffolk Hospital (WSH), a busy district general hospital which provides a range of acute core services with associated inpatient and outpatient facilities. In addition to this we provide a range of community-based services dispersed across the county.

In Suffolk and North East Essex, the NHS, general practice and local government are working in collaboration to develop an integrated care system (ICS). The ICS provides a unified approach and plan to improving the health and care of our local people. This partnership includes local NHS organisations including the ambulance service, local government, other health sector bodies, local hospices and community and voluntary sector organisations.

This is an extremely challenging time for all NHS organisations and our Trust is no exception. The Health Service nationally is seeing unprecedented demand, while being asked to deliver increased efficiencies. In addition to this we are also adapting and responding to the developing situation around COVID-19.

All within our Trust appreciate the scale of the task ahead. Our most recent CQC report has given the Trust a rating of ‘Requires Improvement’. We have listened to the concerns raised by the CQC and we have put in place robust plans to address these issues. As a Board we are resolute in our commitment to providing the highest quality services to our community.

Despite the disappointment of our recent rating our Trust still has much to be proud of. We have a long history of operational and financial performance, with many of our services and innovations having received national recognition. The CQC rates our Trust ‘Good’ overall for being ‘Effective’ and ‘Caring’ and they found our staff ‘treated patients with compassion and kindness’ and that we ‘promoted an open culture’ with ‘visible and approachable’ leaders.

We are confident that we have the right foundations to allow us to respond to these challenges and the changes we need to make, but we are under no illusion about the commitment that will be required. It is within this context that we now embark on the process to appoint a Non-executive Director to our Trust Board.

We will be looking for a high calibre individual with the skills, experience and drive to support us in our response to these challenges and on our continued journey. In addition to playing an active role within WSFT, you will play a leading role across the wider system, collaborating with our partners to enable the effective integration of services and improved outcomes for the people of West Suffolk.

As a candidate of interest, you will have gained senior level experience in a strategic role, within a complex organisation. You will be able to work effectively with Board colleagues and contribute to a broad agenda.

We welcome applicants from all sectors but would be particularly interested in those with a strong commercial pedigree. We would also encourage applications from underrepresented groups and those with protected characteristics.

If you have the experience and credentials outlined above, we welcome your interest and look forward to receiving your application.

Application closing date: Sunday 17 May 2020

Shortlisting Interviews: w/c 1 June 2020 (via video conference)

Trust Interviews: June 2020

Please be advised, due to the ongoing situation and measures relating to Covid-19, interview dates and format will be confirmed later in the process.

For further information or a discussion relating to this appointment or the recruitment process, please contact our recruitment partner Joe Joyce at The Finegreen Group on joe.joyce@finegreen.co.uk quoting reference WSFT-NED or call 07557 998 599


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