Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Chair

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and some surrounding areas
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The remuneration for this role is £21,105 per annum. Given the challenges ahead more might be available for the right candidate.
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days a week


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

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Nuala O’Kane as Chair of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust from 16 February 2019 to 15 February 2021. Ms O’Kane has no declared political activity and will receive a remuneration of £30,000 per annum.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    06/12/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Stakeholder engagement


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    25/02/2019 at 10:00

Vacancy Description


Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust (SCH) was formed on 1 July 2011 and delivers services to around 456,000 people at an annual cost of about £79 million.

The Trust’s aim is to be the best local provider of high quality, innovative health services near people’s homes, working closely with partners so people receive well-co-ordinated, effective care. SCH provides a range of community-based health services for adults and children in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and some services to people in surrounding areas. Services range from district nursing and health visiting, to physiotherapy and specialist community clinics.

SCH is proud to be a Trust dedicated to providing services in local communities, working closely with GPs, social care and the main hospitals, and with health staff experienced in community-working. As a Community Trust, SCH has a unique role as an essential ‘connector’ in the local health system, working directly alongside the many organisations that also provide care and support to people.

Given the central role that community health services play in delivering NHS care, it is vital that they are as patient-focused and efficient as possible.

Person Specification

We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust at what is a pivotal time of change for the NHS. This is an exceptional opportunity to help shape some innovative changes to models of care that will transform services and improve lives.

We are looking for candidates with a range of board level leadership roles who want to use their energy, skills and experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experience from different sectors, as well as from health, to this demanding role.

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.

How to Apply

To request an information pack and for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing, quoting reference M1764 in the subject line.

For an informal and confidential discussion with Jan Ditheridge, Chief Executive and/or Mike Ridley, outgoing Chair please call Julie Thornby, Director of Corporate Affairs on 01743 277500.

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