Chair - Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations

Body: Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: National/Various
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Remuneration will be £63,00 per annum for a time commitment of two to three days per week.
Time Requirements: Two to three days per week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    02/09/2022

  • Closed for Applications

    Midday

  • Panel Sift

    26/10/2022

  • Final Interview Date

    November(TBC)

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is looking to appoint a Chair to the Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations (MNSI) Authority.

The MNSI Authority will be established as a Special Health Authority to continue the Maternity Investigation Programme. The Authority’s aim will be  to enable maximum learning to be achieved in all parts of the system and to provide Trusts and families with independent reports into care.

As Chair you will be expected to provide leadership, strategic direction and challenge to the new Authority and ensure that it establishes a reputation as a vigorous and trustworthy organisation with patients and the wider public, clinicians and NHS organisations both locally and nationally.

Candidates must demonstrate strong strategic leadership skills, with an ability to develop a high-performing organisation and demonstrated by a career record of achievement at the highest levels. You must also have the ability to lead the Board of a significant new national organisation, deliver robust board level governance and accountability, and develop a positive culture.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication and influencing skills; be able to collaborate effectively with stakeholders, particularly with the related professions, to drive change in a complex system; and a good knowledge of the NHS and/or of investigations methodology.

The new Authority is expected to be legally established from April 2023, at which point the new Chair’s formal appointment to the new Authority will begin. However, we are looking to agree the appointment and appoint the chosen candidate as Chair Designate in early 2023.

We will be expecting the Chair Designate to contribute to activity and decisions regarding the establishment of the new Authority, including the new board. The time commitment required as Chair Designate may be less than required when Chair. This will be subject to discussion with the chosen candidate. If the time commitment is less, remuneration will be pro-rata to the rate for the role of Chair.

Chair Designate

The new Authority is expected to be legally established from April 2023, at which point the new Chair’s formal appointment to the new Authority will begin. However, we are looking to agree the appointment and appoint the chosen candidate as Chair Designate by the start of 2023.

The time commitment required as Chair Designate may be less than required when Chair. This will be subject to discussion with the chosen candidate. If the time commitment is less, remuneration will be pro-rata to the rate for the role of Chair

The Chair’s specific responsibilities will include:

Board Leadership

  • Lead a newly appointed team, chairing and overseeing the performance of the Board to the highest standards, and in doing so set an agenda which is focused on strategy, performance, and accountability.
  • Ensure the Board and Committees are suitably structured with appropriate terms of
  • Chair the Governance and Nomination Committee and ensure regular consideration of succession planning and the composition of the Board and its
  • Support the effective recruitment, induction, training and development of new NEDs and EDs and the continuous development of the Board’s capability.
  • Oversee the recruitment of future Chief Executives, appointed by the Chair and NEDs, with the consent of the Secretary of State.

Strategic Direction

  • Oversee the setting of the strategic direction of the MNSI; creating a ‘vision’ for where the new body sits within the NHS landscape, building upon existing good practice and how it influences positive change.
  • Provide board level oversight and accountability to MNSI’s responsibilities to deliver investigations that improve maternal and neonatal safety and to build local investigation capacity.
  • Provide insight on the developments and issues facing the NHS independent sector and from patient representative groups to board discussions, ensure the Board has access to accurate, high quality and timely information for decision making.

Organisational Development

  • Monitor performance and evaluate investigatory functions against key objectives and strategic outcomes.
  • Oversee the development of the organisation and board’s culture.
  • Support and challenge the Chief Executive and Executive team on decisions made and advise the DHSC on the performance of the NEDs.

Stakeholder management

  • Build collaborative relationships within the NHS locally and nationally, and where relevant the private sector, ensuring the organisation is independent, influential and not distant from providers and the wider NHS.
  • With the Chief Executive, set the tone for excellent engagement with key stakeholders, system partners, service users and Government and ensure their views are communicated in the decision-making process.

Governance and assurance

  • Working with the Board, ensure accountability for expenditure and effective management of resources, seeking efficiency savings and achieving cost reductions where possible (both in the running of the organisation and in its operational activity) and that the strategy and supporting business plans are delivered.
  • Ensure high standards of governance and effectiveness of the Board.
  • Promote high standards of integrity, probity, ethics, diversity &
  • Lead an evaluation of the performance of the organisation, Board and its Committees at least once a year, and act on the results by recognising the strengths and addressing areas of improvement.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria

  • Strong strategic leadership skills, with an ability to develop a high-performing organisation and demonstrated by a career record of achievement at the highest levels.
  • Ability to lead the Board of a significant new national organisation, deliver robust board level governance and accountability, and develop a positive culture.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, able to collaborate effectively with stakeholders, particularly with the related professions to drive change in a complex system.
  • Knowledge of the NHS and/or of investigations methodology.

 

Additional Information

This is a post for the new Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations (MNSI) Special Health Authority. The MNSI will continue the maternity investigation programme, which is currently a function of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

The Functions of the Special Health Authority will be to:

  1. undertake independent investigations of qualifying maternity cases and producing reports on investigations findings,
  2. consider data, conclusions and recommendations made in its investigation reports to identify key trends and provide system-wide learning to the health system at local, regional and national level; and
  3. collaborate with appropriate bodies to escalate safety concerns,

The Special Health Authority is expected to consist of approximately 175 staff and have a budget of approximately £16m. Staff will transfer over to the Special Health Authority from the current Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch once established.

The Special Health Authority will contribute to improving safety in maternity by conducting independent, safety investigations, which will contribute to the Governments ambition to halve the number of stillbirths, maternal deaths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries.

Once appointed, the Chair Designate is expected to contribute to activities and decisions regarding the establishment of the new Special Health Authority, including the new board, with whom the successful candidate will work to support the establishment of the MNSI which is expected to be operational by April 2023.

The MNSI Chair will:

  • provide leadership, strategic direction and challenge to the MNSI Special Health Authority and ensure that it establishes a reputation as a vigorous and trustworthy organisation with patients and the wider public, clinicians and NHS organisations both locally and nationally.
  • ensure that the Authority undertakes independent, timely and meaningful investigations into cases of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality; and that these contribute to maternal and neonatal safety at local and national level. They will also ensure that all this action is with a view to improving local capacity for investigations to be conducted locally at trust level.
  • lead and support the newly established Board of NEDs and MNSI (EDs) The Chair will hold the Chief Executive and Finance Director to account and will share corporate responsibility for the decisions of the MNSI Board and the performance of the organisation.
  • Along with the NEDs and other board members, they will contribute to stakeholder engagement, accountable governance and effective systems for financial control and risk management.

How to Apply

In order to apply, you will need to provide:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae which provides your contact details, details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any relevant publications or awards
  2. A supporting statement setting out how you meet the criteria for appointment as set out in the person specification for the role
  3. Information relating to any outside interests or reputational issues.
  4. Diversity information. This allows us to see if there are any unfair barriers to becoming a public appointee and whether there are any changes that we could make to encourage a more diverse field to apply. You can select “prefer not to say” to any question you do not wish to answer. The information you provide will not be used as part of the selection process and will not be seen by the interview panel.
  5. Disability Confident – please state if you wish your application to be considered under the disability confident scheme.
  6. Reasonable adjustments – set out any requests you may have for reasonable adjustments that you would like to the application process (if applicable).

Please provide the information at points 3-6 above on the relevant form, or as part of your supporting statement.    

Completed applications should be submitted to appointments.team@dhsc.gov.uk – please quote ref: VAC-1756 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email, please contact Rachael Onoghojobi on 0207 210 5742

Applications must be received by midday on Monday, 03 October 2022.

In completing an application, please firstly note the following in relation to:

  • Disqualification from appointment
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence.
Attachments
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Extended Final Candidate Pack

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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