Chair in Common for the four North West London Acute Provider Trusts

Body: NHS Improvement and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, Hillingdon NHS Foundation Trust
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: North West London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role is competitively remunerated
Time Requirements: Around 3 days per week once operational


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

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    24/12/2021 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Stakeholder Event

    w/c 17th/24th January 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 24th/31st January 2022

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

If you would like to embrace the challenge to shape care delivery by improving the quality and operational performance of hospital services in a major sector of London, we hope to hear from you. This will be one of the largest and most complex roles in the NHS, with the opportunity to shape the health and life outcomes of London’s population as a key player in the North West London Integrated Care System.

Across a wider context of deepening integration and partnership working, the four acute Trusts within North West London (Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, Hillingdon NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust) have collaborated to address longstanding issues of inequality of access, variation in quality of care and operational performance, and the financial deficits across the acute sector. While there is more work to be done, the progress has increased partners’ appetite to build on this successful collaboration.  With around 30,000 staff working in the four Trusts, there is also an opportunity to improve wellbeing and career opportunities for the wider workforce. Success requires acute Trusts to make decisions based on a culture of continual improved outcomes for the whole population, tackling inequality and enhancing productivity collectively rather than a culture of ‘organisation first’.

With the ambition to build upon this deepening collaboration, it has been agreed that this increased partnership working will be positively facilitated by the appointment of a single Chair in Common for the four acute Trusts, together with such changes to governance arrangements that support delegated decision making and collective oversight of quality, financial and service performance as may be required. The Chair will arrive at a critical point for the four Trusts, securing and implementing those appropriate governance arrangements that imbed collaborative working to deliver the best outcomes for patients, working in partnership with the current executive, non-executive and clinical leaders of the organisations and the governing bodies of the foundation Trusts involved as well as with the wider NWL ICS and the London Region of NHS England.

Person Specification

With patients’ best interests as their core driver and a guardian of the Trusts’ values, the Chair will provide dynamic leadership, growing the existing partnership between the acute Trusts to build a formal alignment between organisations, harnessing efficiencies and driving best-in-class partnership working and integrated clinical education and research capabilities for the benefit of North West London’s population. An outstanding communicator and relationship builder, the incoming Chair will bring experience leading and transforming organisations to deliver a step change in performance. Working supportively with a large workforce, they will bring an outstanding track record of partnership working and influencing skills, inspiring the confidence of key stakeholders at the highest levels across multiple organisations. With low ego and high EQ alongside well-attuned political antennae, they will be comfortable operating in a complex, ambiguous environment at a time of significant organisational and systemic change. Bringing a natural authority and earned respect, candidates will also have strong operational experience and a history of compassionate leadership; they will be as credible with leaders in the health and care sectors as they are in local and central government and in the Higher Education sector. Candidates will bring outstanding chairing skills with significant understanding of how to work successfully within boards of large, complex organisations, operating in a highly regulated environment. All candidates will bring a demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to the wider values and beliefs for which the Trusts and NW London ICS stand.

How to Apply

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to NHSE/I and the governing bodies on this appointment. Candidates should apply for this role at using code ZASALA.

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