University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Non-executive Director and Associate Non-executive Director

Body: NHS England
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Plymouth, Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £13,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 - 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    18/10/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

There are vacancies for a Non-executive Director (NED) and an Associate 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 and its workforce at a time of significant positive change.

The Non-executive Director’s role will include chairing the Trust’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

The Associate NED role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession strategy and achieve a balance of Board level skills. Associate NEDs cannot participate in any formal vote at Board. The successful candidate for the Associate role will be appointed by the Trust but may also be considered for appointment as a NED of the Board in future, should a vacancy arise and they have the appropriate skills.

Person Specification

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services.

NED post: Recent, relevant finance experience in a large and complex organisation with the capacity to chair the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. A background in digital innovation at a strategic level, together with audit committee experience in either the public or private sectors and an accountancy/financial qualification would be desirable.

Associate NED post: Senior level experience gained in the public, local authority, voluntary or community sectors of effective collaboration in a complex stakeholder environment to deliver improved population health outcomes, recognising the increasing emphasis on system and place based working.

The Trust is keen to attract applicants who have a personal interest in equity/fairness, diversity and inclusion, and can demonstrate a track record at a senior level on this important issue. The Trust serves a very diverse population and seeks applications from all parts of its community. The Trust is working hard on a range of diversity issues and is making great progress. However, it acknowledges that there is still much to do and the successful applicants together with the Board will contribute to providing leadership and support to the Trust to address these challenges.

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 Model.

Applicants should live in or have strong connections with Plymouth, Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.

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

Getting in touch

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with James Brent, the Chair of the Trust. Please contact Lucy Demuth, Executive Office Manager on 01752 439084 or via email
  • NHS England – for general process enquiries contact Helen Barlow by emailing
UHP NHS NED Info Pack S2556
Monitoring Form S2556
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