Non-executive Recruitment
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
£48,000 per annum (3 days per week)
Closing date:
4th November
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
9am Monday 4th November 2019
Preliminary interviews
w/c 11th November 2019
Final Panel Interviews
Wednesday 4th December 2019

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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) is a large organisation serving a diverse population of circa 365,000, spread across a largely rural area of over 1000 square miles of South Cumbria and North Lancashire. We are now looking to appoint a Chair to provide leadership to the Board of Directors and Council of Governors.

This is a pivotal time for UHMB.  We are rated as “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission, with the quality of our care and our efficiency rated as “good”, and we are on a journey of transformation to address the regulatory actions set out by the Care Quality Commission, the continued financial challenges, and concerns about the fragility and safety of (some) clinical services.  At the same time, we are a significant player in the Lancashire & South Cumbria Integrated Care System and the Morecambe Bay Integrated Care Partnership.  Finally, with the opportunity for a once-in-a-generation investment in a new hospital being developed during your tenure (through the Government’s recently announced Health Infrastructure Plan), this role requires exceptional leadership skills and political acumen.

The Chair will play a pivotal role in navigating the Board of Directors through the system-wide developments and in the oversight of our business case. As such, you must be able to contribute to our key challenges both within the Trust and in the wider health economy, building effective partnerships with key external stakeholders and ensuring that the Board develops and oversees strategies that transform and sustain the health and care of our local citizens.

To succeed you will require substantial strategic, board-level leadership experience in a comparably complex organisation, with a track record of achievement in your chosen field. You will need the ability to network and to influence agendas at a local, regional and national level, demonstrating a commitment to continuously improving standards of quality and experience, and recognising the dedication of staff and volunteers. You will also need high-level governance and organisational skills gained in a regulated environment, ideally with some public sector exposure.

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Julia St Clare
0203 854 2203
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