West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Non-executive Director

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: West Hertfordshire
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £13,000 pa
Time Requirements: 2 - 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    31/03/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

There is a vacancy for a Non-executive Director (NED) at West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WHTH). 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.

It is an exciting time for the Trust. They have an ambitious acute redevelopment programme to upgrade facilities across their three hospital sites. They are also playing a substantial role in helping to develop the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) as well as being an active member in the South & West Herts Health Care Partnership (HCP). They are collaborating with system partners within their HCP and wider ICS to restore elective services following the pandemic, develop ways in which they can collectively reduce waiting lists and improve the quality and sustainability of services to the whole population within the ICS. The Trust is also developing their clinical partnerships with community services, GPs, local councils and the voluntary sector to ensure a joined-up health service in West Hertfordshire that takes account of local challenges and circumstances.

Person Specification

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have financial leadership skills gained in an organisation of significant scale and complexity or substantial experience of advising organisations on financial governance and major projects. The successful candidate will chair the Finance & Performance Committee.

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.

You will be involved in the Board’s governance via board meetings, board development through attendance leadership at board sub-committees of the Finance & Performance Committee and attendance at the Great Place Committee.

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 the area served by the trust.

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

We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Phil Townsend, the Chair of the trust. Please contact Julia Alderman , PA to the Chair, on 01923 436336 or email directly Phil.townsend1@nhs.net

NHS England / NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Helen Barlow on 0300 123 2038 or by emailing helen.barlow2@nhs.net

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