The Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Non-executive director and Associate Non-executive director

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Surrey and Sussex
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £6,157 pa
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days a month
Closing Date: 25/02/2019 11:00
Interviews: Wednesday 13 March 2019

Vacancy Description

Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) is recruiting two Trust Board posts, a Non-executive Director (NED) and an Associate Non-executive Director. These are exceptional opportunities to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

SASH has a dynamic and stable leadership team at both executive and non-executive levels.  The NED vacancy will arise in March 2019 on the retirement of one member of the Board after ten years of service.

The Associate Non-executive Director role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession planning and a balance of Board level skills. Although formally a non-voting NED, the Associate will play a full part in the leadership of the Trust, participating in Trust Board meetings and Board Sub-committee meetings. The role will be remunerated in the same way as a voting NED.

The vacancy for an Associate NED at SASH arises following the appointment of the previous Associate to a full NED role. The successful candidate will also be considered for appointment as a voting Non-executive Director of the Board in future, should a vacancy arise.

Person Specification

We are looking for two exceptional candidates to join a high performing Board of Directors.  Successful candidates will contribute to the development of strategy and culture, and will bring independent and constructive challenge to the Board and the wider organisation.

The successful candidates must have experience gained at a senior or Board level to be able to contribute to the effectiveness of the board and the wider organisation. The Trust is seeking candidates with a genuine commitment to patients and the provision of excellent health care services. In order to complement the existing skill mix of the Board, experience in one or more of the following areas would be advantageous:

  • Experience within health and social care, with an understanding of the current strategic agenda, the challenges facing the sector, and the opportunities for integrated health and social care
  • Financial management experience, information technology or workforce experience gained at a strategic level

You will be able to use your experience to:

  • work alongside other non-executives 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

We encourage applications from candidates who live in or have connections with the area served by the Trust

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.

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

Monitoring Form (S1883)
Information pack (S1883)
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