Non-Executive Director - Health Education England (VAC-1682)

Body: Health Education England
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: HEE NEDs are remunerated at the standard rate of £7,883 per annum
Time Requirements: Two to three days per month.


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

Dr Harpreet Sood has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Health Education England (HEE) for 3 years from 1 September 2020.

The appointment will involve a time commitment of 2 to 3 days per month. Remuneration for the role will be at a rate of £7,883 per year.

This appointment is made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this Code is carried out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the Code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Dr Sood has not declared any political activity.

Date: 03/08/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    14/04/2020 at midday

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    03/08/2020 at 17:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Introduction from Sir David Behan CBE, Chair of Health

Education England (HEE)

Dear candidate

Science, technology and demography are changing the way health care services are provided and this has implications for the education and training of the future workforce. The World Health Organisation (WHO) are predicting worldwide shortages of doctors and nurses. These developments provide the context for the work of HEE over the next few years. How do we use finite resources most effectively to ensure that we have the right people in the right place with the right skills and knowledge to respond to these developments?

This is an exciting and fundamentally important task and our purpose is to improve the quality and safety of healthcare through the development, education and training of the current and future workforce. Our success will be shaped by how we collaborate with key partners who make a strong contribution to education and training; universities, employers, professional regulators and Royal Colleges to name but a few. At a national level we are working closely with NHS Improvement and NHS England, and in particular the new NHS Chief People Officer. We also collaborate at a regional and local level and with an increasing emphasis on Integrated Care Systems as a means of health care delivery. Being clear as to what is delivered nationally, regionally and locally has never been more important

Thank you for expressing an interest in the Non-Executive Director roles on the HEE Board and helping to design and shape HEE so it is able to lead the education and training of the current and future health care workforce.

Yours sincerely

Sir David Behan CBE Chair

Health Education England


HEE role and responsibilities


The NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January 2019, sets out a vital strategic framework to ensure that over the next ten years the NHS will have the staff it needs so that the NHS workforce has the time it needs to care, working in a supportive culture that allows them to provide the expert compassionate care they are committed to providing.

Baroness Dido Harding (Chair of NHS Improvement), working closely with Sir David Behan, (Chair of Health Education England) is overseeing the delivery of the People Plan. The Interim People Plan was published on 3 June 2019. The final NHS People Plan will be published in early 2020. The plan will include proposals to grow the workforce, consideration of additional staff and skills required, building a supportive working culture in the NHS and how to ensure first rate leadership for NHS staff. HEE has a leading role in the delivery of the 50k nurse programme with a number of the workstreams being led by Senior Responsible Officers within HEE.

HEE’s purpose is to ensure that the health workforce has the right skills, behaviours and training, and is available in the right numbers, to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement. It has five key national functions, summarised as follows:

  • providing national leadership on planning and developing the healthcare and public health workforce;
  • authorising and supporting the development of Local Education and Training Boards;
  • promoting high quality education and training responsive to the changing needs of patients and local communities. This includes responsibility for ensuring the effective delivery of important national functions such as medical trainee recruitment;
  • allocating and accounting for NHS education and training resources and the outcomes achieved; and
  • ensuring the security of supply of the professionally qualified clinical workforce.


The HEE Budget for 2019/20 is:

  • Programme: £4,011m (including payment for clinical placements via the Education and Training Tariff and national activities).
  • Admin: £59m

HEE has a staff of 2217 (WTE equivalent). The majority of HEE staff work in HEE’s local offices supporting the Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs). The remainder are in HEE national directorates.

Legal Status and Governance

HEE was established as a Special Health Authority on 1 April 2013 and became a non-departmental public body from 1 April 2015 under the provisions of the Care Act 2014.

The Care Act 2014 sets out the functions and constitution of Health Education England and those of its Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) in Part 3 Chapter 1 and Schedules 5 and 6.

HEE’s system of governance is based on the standard element of a statutory integrated board with a single Accounting Officer and national Executive Directors.  In addition, four LETBs are constituted as committees of the HEE Board based on regional areas with 34 Local Workforce Advisory Boards (LWABs) mapped to the footprint of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

Chair and Board

The current Chair is Sir David Behan. He was appointed in December 2018 for a three year term of office.

Regulations specify the number of NEDs that HEE and its LETBs must have, including how many must have clinical expertise. Additionally, HEE has appointed two Associate NEDs.

Role of Department of Health and Social Care

The Secretary of State remains responsible for ensuring that there is an appropriate education and training system. HEE’s NEDs are accountable to the Chair of HEE who is accountable to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and subsequently Parliament for the delivery of HEE’s objectives, outcomes and expenditure. HEE reports annually to the Secretary of State and Parliament on its performance in the delivery of its functions.

The Department of Health and Social Care has a role in sponsoring and supporting HEE. HEE’s objectives are set on an annual basis in the mandate. A published Framework Agreement sets out HEE’s relationship with the Department, and there are quarterly reviews of how HEE has performed. The Chair is required to provide annual and financial reports to be laid before Parliament.

As announced on 23 October 2018, from 2019/20 onwards, HEE will work jointly with NHS Improvement to develop its mandate. HEE’s board will continue to sign-off the draft mandate, but the mandate will then be approved by the NHS Improvement Board to ensure it meets service requirements, before approval by the Secretary of State. This will ensure that workforce plans are more closely aligned with NHS service plans.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

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.

  • a record of achievement and personal effectiveness in one or more of the following fields:
      • Digital Technology
      • Primary Care
      • Communications
  • Senior level experience gained within an NHS Employer or Trust
  • ability to operate effectively as a non-executive director on the Board of a high profile organisation, and guide the strategic direction of the work of HEE
  • sound judgement and an ability to work as an individual and as part of a team, with a constructive style and good communication skills
  • demonstrable interest in the work of HEE and the challenges it faces

Additional Information

Role and Responsibilities of a Non-Executive Director

Health Education England’s (HEE) Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) play a key role in the effective governance and leadership of the organisation. They contribute to the work of the Board, both by actively participating in Board discussions and more widely, contributing to the Board’s governance, performance management and development of strategy for HEE.

NEDs contribute to representing the HEE externally, maintaining (or developing where necessary) excellent relationships with a range of key partners and stakeholders.

NEDs are expected to contribute across a range of specific areas, including:

  • ensuring the Board defines the vision, values, culture and strategy of the organisation and sets a high standard for ethics and responsible business;
  • contributing to and agreeing (or determining) strategy;
  • ensuring the Board puts in place appropriate governance and internal controls, including ensuring sound financial, risk and performance management regimes are in place and HEE has the capacity to deliver;
  • ensuring appropriate financial controls are in place and risks managed accordingly;
  • actively contributing to constructive debate on key issues, helping the Board develop its priorities, build consensus and drive improvements;
  • ensuring HEE’s Executive Team is supported and held to account for the performance of the organisation;
  • providing counsel, advice and support to the executive team, acting as a sounding Board and “critical friend” where necessary; and
  • with HEE’s leadership team, ensuring good working relationships are in place with a range of key stakeholders and that NHS Values as set out in the NHS Constitution, are promoted and the Board listens to the patient voice.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the appointment of a NED to Health Education England.

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote VAC-1682 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Daniel Clemence Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

Applications must be received by midday on 14 April 2020.

In making an application please note the following:

Supporting letter

The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification. It will benefit the Advisory Assessment Panel if you can be clear which specific evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the role to which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages, and type or write clearly in black ink.

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of HEE, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your Supporting letter.

If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment and they will be entered on a register which is available to the public.

Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of the public and Government. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history (including any convictions or bankruptcy) that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or HEE or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your Supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media and blogs. Due Diligence may be carried out on any publicly available information and shared with the Advisory Assessment Panel.

The panel may explore any issues you declare with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment.

Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment being terminated, as those who hold public appointments are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of corporate and personal conduct and are required to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, as part of agreeing to the terms and conditions of appointment. You can access this document at:

There are also circumstances in which individuals may not be considered for appointment, due to them not meeting certain eligibility criteria for appointment. For further information, please refer to Section 2.3: Eligibility Criteria of the candidate information pack.

If you wish to discuss any queries on conflicts, please see the contacts section.


Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile), personal email address and details of any twitter accounts and LinkedIn accounts including your twitter handle/username.
  • Similar contact details for two referees who will support your application. One referee should be the person to whom you are/were accountable in your current/most recent appointment or position of employment. Please indicate the relationship of each referee to you. References will be requested for short-listed candidates prior to interview
  • Brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.

Monitoring form

Please complete the monitoring form. Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel assessing your application.

Political activity information is primarily for monitoring purposes only, however if you are shortlisted for interview, this information will be shared with the selection panel. The reason for this is that it is appreciated that such activities may have given you relevant skills, including experience gained from committee work, collective decision-making, resolving conflict and public speaking. If you have had such experience and you consider it relevant to your application for this post, you should also take the opportunity to include it separately in your supporting statement. If possible, you should not, however, identify the relevant political party in your statement.

If you are appointed to this role, please note that any political activity you declare will be published in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Department of Health and Social Care operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the essential criteria for the post.

If you wish to apply under the GIS please complete the GIS form and return it with your application.

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact

Daniel Clemence (Appointments Team)

Tel: 0113 2545335


For further information regarding the role of HEE and the role of a NED please contact:

Department of Health and Social Care

Name: Alan Robson, Deputy Director; NHS Workforce: Education, Modernisation & Funding

Tel: 01132546891


Health Education England

Name: Nicola Wright, Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs & Board Secretary

Tel: 07557 758316


Nicola will put candidates in touch with a HEE Director and/or Chair.

Please quote reference VAC-1682 on all correspondence.

If you choose to apply, we would like to thank you in advance for your time and effort in making an application.

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