Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and North East London NHS Foundation Trust - Non-executive Director in common

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: North East London
Skills required: Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £24,157 per annum
Time Requirements: On average the time commitment will be the equivalent of seven to eight days a month (three to four days in each trust) due to holding a position on two separate boards.
Closing Date: 02/05/2019
Interviews: To be confirmed

Vacancy Description

North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) are looking to strengthen the trust’s partnership and join up the care both trusts deliver to patients in order to integrate health and care services across outer north east London.

In this spirit of collaboration, NELFT and BHRUT are seeking to appoint a Non-executive Director with Board level experience and a strong financial background to the Boards of both Trusts. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise and make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

Integral to this success, the individual will provide an independent perspective whilst collectively setting strategic direction and providing constructive challenge to the Board of Directors.

BHRUT provides acute hospital care to the populations of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge in outer east London, and in west Essex.  The Trust also provides regional neuroscience and cancer specialist services and operates a specialist stroke service for a wider population.

NELFT provides an extensive range of integrated community and mental health services for people living in the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest and community health services for people living in the south west Essex areas of Basildon, Brentwood and Thurrock. The Trust also provides an Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Service for children and young people across the whole of Essex and all age eating disorder services and child and adolescent mental health services across Kent and Medway.

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 .

Person Specification

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services.

You will have a financial qualification, such as ACCA, and financial experience and expertise. This is essential as the role will chair the Finance and Investment Committee at BHRUT and the Audit Committee at NELFT.

You will have experience of chairing committees and an awareness of the health and care sector, enabling you to constructively challenge and work collaboratively throughout the organisations to help the Trusts develop and deliver their strategic plans.

Experience of operating at Board level, managing complex change and transformation is required and it would be beneficial if you have already been a Non-executive Director, Trustee or Governor.

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

  • work alongside other non-executive 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
  • promote and uphold the Trusts’ mission, vision and values

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.

Additional Information

The trusts – (NELFT and BHRUT) – if you are shortlisted and would like an informal and confidential discussion with the Trust Chair in common, Joe Fielder, please contact or 01708 435444

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

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this role please provide:

  • a CV that includes your address and contact details, highlighting and explaining any gaps in your employment history
  • a supporting statement that highlights your motivation for applying and your understanding of the NHS and the role. You should outline your personal responsibility and achievement within previous roles and how your experience matches the person specification
  • the names, positions, organisations and contact details for three referees. Your referees should be individuals in a line management capacity, and cover your most recent employer, any regulated health or social care activity or where roles involved children or vulnerable adults.  Your references may be taken prior to interview and may be shared with the selection panel
  • please complete and return the monitoring information form which accompanies this pack and is available for download
  • tell us about any dates when you will not be available

Please forward your completed application to

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