Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS trust, Chair

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Worcestershire
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £40,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days a week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/11/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair Worcestershire Acute Hospitals 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.

Person Specification

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 Worcestershire. 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.

Additional Information

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) was formed on 1 April 2000 following the merger of Worcester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust, Kidderminster Healthcare NHS Trust, and Alexandra Healthcare NHS Trust. Facilities are distributed across the three sites; the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch; the Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, and the Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester. In addition, it operates services from three Community Hospitals: Princess of Wales Community Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital and Malvern Community Hospital. The Trust has 954 beds, over 5,800 employees and has an annual income of over £360 million.

The Trust provides a range of acute services for the people of Worcestershire. This includes general surgery, general medicine, emergency care and women and children services. There are a range of support services as well including diagnostics and pharmacy.

WAHT predominantly serves the population of the county of Worcestershire with a current population of almost 580,000, providing a comprehensive range of surgical, medical and rehabilitation services. This figure is expected to rise to 594,000 by 2021; taken as a whole, the trust’s catchment population is both growing and ageing. Both the male and female population show a projected increase from 2014 to 2025 in the older 70 plus age groups. This is especially apparent in the 75-79 age range, although proportionally the projected rise in the 90 plus age range is higher. The forecast increase in numbers of older people is due to increased life expectancy resulting in greater numbers of older people, particularly females, surviving to very old age (ONS, 2010). The number of older people with dementia is expected to double in the next 20 years. Of note the rate of population growth is greatest in the very old age groups who present the greatest requirements for ‘substantial and critical’ care. Worcestershire has proportionally a greater number of older people than the nation in general.

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