Barts Health NHS Trust, Non-executive Director

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Central/East London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £6,157 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days a month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Date: 29/10/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    03/09/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Kathy McLean as a non-executive director of Barts Health NHS Trust from 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2023. Dr McLean has no declared political activity and will receive a remuneration of £10,000 per annum. Further information is available on Barts Health NHS Trust website.

Vacancy Description

Ref: L1967

Please note this vacancy has been extended and will close at noon on 3 September 2019

The successful candidate for this role will also be the lead non-executive on the Board’s quality agenda and as such will be appointed to Chair Barts Health’s Quality Assurance Committee.

The purpose of the Quality Assurance Committee is to monitor, review and report on the quality of clinical services provided by the Trust. In particular it will review the:

  • Governance, performance and internal control systems supporting the delivery of safe, high quality, patient-centred care;
  • Quality indicators flagged as of concern through escalation reporting or as requested by the Trust Board; and
  • Progress in implementing action plans to address shortcomings in the quality of services, should they be identified

The Committee will provide assurance to the Trust Board via the Audit and Risk Committee that effective systems are in place and the associated assurance processes are optimal. It may also, on behalf of the Trust Board, undertake specific issues where it requires additional assurance about the effectiveness of the systems to provide assurance on the matters listed above and any other quality and / or safety matter arising from the Trust’s recent operational and quality and safety performance. It will also be responsible for reviewing, on behalf of the Trust Board, the proposed quality improvement priorities set in the annual plan and Quality Account and provide assurance to the Trust Board that improvement targets are based on achievable action plans to deliver them and support the development of the Trust’s quality strategy.

The Chair of the Committee will be responsible for ensuring that the Committee fulfils its role and effectively undertakes its duties, as set out above and in the its Terms of Reference (copy available on request).

Person Specification

The Trust is looking for a senior clinician with experience of providing strategic leadership in a large and complex environment. The preferred candidate will also have experience of working in both an acute setting and as part of the wider healthcare system.

You will also need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:

  • work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board
  • bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge
  • shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust

All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

As a future NHS leader, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board level role. These are outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model.

Given the significant public profile and responsibility members of NHS Boards hold, it is vital that those appointed inspire confidence of the public, patients and NHS staff at all times. NHS Improvement makes a number of specific background checks to ensure that those we appoint are “fit and proper” people to hold these important roles. More information can be found on our website.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Additional Information

We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Ian Peters the Chair of the trust. Please contact Ian Peters on or on his mobile 07979 561112.

To help us identify potential candidates, we are using Hunter Healthcare. If you would like a confidential discussion about the role contact Janice Scanlan or Jenny Adrian, on 020 7935 4570 or

NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or by emailing

How to Apply

Please read the information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to

Monitoring Form L1967
20190820 L1967 UpdatedInfoPack
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