University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust - Non-executive Director

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: South West
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £10,000 per annum
Time Requirements: On average this role will require the equivalent to 2 to 3 days a month
Closing Date: 08/01/2020 11:00
Interviews: 28 January 2020

Vacancy Description

There is a vacancy for a Non-executive Director (NED) at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP). This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by the Trust.

In addition to your Board membership, you will also your bring skills to the Audit Committee and one or more of the Board’s assuring Committees. You will champion value for money in public finance, identify and mitigate corporate risks and play a significant part in bringing the Board’s strategic vision to life.

Person Specification

As a Board member, you will be a strategic thinker who will quickly grasp the complexities of the local, regional and national healthcare environments. Your financial skills and business acumen will enable you to scrutinise and interpret complex data and constructively challenge at the Trust Board and at the Audit Committee.

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have recent, relevant finance experience in a large and complex organisation gained at a senior level within either the private or public sector. Third sector experience will also be considered. You will have a recognised financial qualification.

You will need to be able to demonstrate you can 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

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 Modelopens in a new window.

Applicants should live in or have strong connections with the catchment area of the trust. This includes the constituencies of North Cornwall, South East Cornwall, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, Plymouth, Moor View, Totnes, South West Devon, Torridge and West Devon.

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.

Additional Information

  • The Trust – for an informal and confidential discussion with Richard Crompton, the Chair of the trust, please contact Lucy Baber on 01752 439084 or by emailing
  • Anderson Quigley are helping us to identify potential candidates. If you would like a confidential discussion about the role contact Helene Usherwood, Head of Practice, Health via email at
  • NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or by emailing

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 on the NHS Improvement website
  • tell us about any dates when you will not be available
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