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Associate Non Executive Director

Job Reference: 340-ANED-04-19

Employer:
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
340 Chief Executive Management
Location:
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Salary:
£6,000- £9,000 pa

The Trust values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which represents the communities we serve. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity. We regularly assess our performance against the NHS mandated Equality Delivery System 2 framework and are Stonewall Diversity Champion. In Jan 2019, Stonewall ranked us as 58 th the top 100 employer. We are the only ambulance service to feature in the top 100 and also the highest ranked emergency service in the north east region.

As an inclusive organisation we are taking action to support people from under represented groups such as Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into employment. On the 2nd Wednesday of every other month from March 2019 we hold application and interview support workshops. If you would like to book a place please contact recruitment@neas.nhs.uk.

NEAS have a Quality Strategy to ensure our services are safe, effective and provide a positive experience for patients and carers through a continuing program of Quality Improvement.


We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including an invitation to the first stage of the selection process and consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability under the Disability Confident Scheme. We also offer flexible working and other employee friendly opportunities.


Associate Non-Executive Director

Fixed Term for Three Years – 1-2 days per month

£6,000 to £9,000 per annum dependent on experience

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne

Commencing Summer 2019

This is a very exciting time for North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, with the retaining of a ‘Good’ rating following the Trust’s Care Quality Commission inspection in October 2018, and the development of a number of new service offerings.

The Trust operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Darlington and Teesside. We provide an Unscheduled Care service to respond to 999 calls (the emergency element of our services), and a Scheduled Care service which provides pre-planned non-emergency transport for patients in the region (our patient transport service).

In 2018/19 under the Trust’s new Clinical Care and Transport business model, we continued to integrate our Unscheduled and Scheduled Care services, enabling us to more effectively match patient acuity with the skills of our staff with the aim of enhancing clinical outcomes and improving patient experience.

We operate the NHS 111 and Integrated Urgent Care services for the region, with our new five-year contract having commenced in October 2018.Operating both the 111 and 999 service enables us to seamlessly ensure that patients receive the most appropriate response for their condition.

Our mission is to provide safe, effective and responsive care for all, and our vision is to deliver unmatched quality of care every time we touch lives. Even in the most challenging situations we strive to perform to the highest professional standards in a spirit of collaboration and team work. Caring for and treating more patients closer to home is at the heart of our plans, and our committed, compassionate and caring staff are critical to our success.

We are looking to appoint two Associate Non-Executive Directors on our Board of Directors to assist in providing oversight, governance and leadership in the pursuit of our strategy.

The Associate Non-Executive Directorrole is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession strategy and achieve a balance of Board-level skills.The ‘step-up’ role is aimed to attract potential Non-Executive Director candidates who do not yet have significant Board-level experience, or currently do not have the required availability – but have the ability and potential to succeed in a Board-level role and who will hopefully develop into a substantive Non-Executive Director role in the future.

You will be required to seek assurance over the integrity of range of information from across all services and functions, and seek assurance that risk management processes are robust and that the necessary strategies and control mechanisms are in place to safely achieve the Trust’s ambitions.

The successful candidate will have leadership skills and a strong commitment to the values of the NHS.The ability to challenge constructively through solid knowledge and understanding is a critical component of the role, recognising that there will be opportunities to develop these skills further.

We are committed to and actively promote equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals from all areas of the community who meet the specific criteria are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage/civil partnerships. We want our Board of Directors to reflect the diversity of the population we serve and we welcome all applications, especially from under-represented groups, including people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Please note that there are restrictions on potential candidates which would prevent them serving on other Boards if it would present a ‘conflict of interest’, for example a member of another NHS Foundation Trust Board of Directors.Equally, a candidate would need to consider whether any employment in the private sector would conflict with the Trust’s activities.

Candidates would also need to be in full compliance with Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 5 (fit and proper persons). The intention of this regulation is to ensure that people who have director level responsibility for the quality and safety of care, and for meeting the fundamental standards are fit and proper to carry out this important role.

The appointment is for a fixed term of 3 years with a time commitment of 1-2 days per month. When a Non-Executive Director vacancy arises interested Associated Non-Executive Director(s) would need to apply and compete in an open recruitment and selection process.

All Non-Executive Directors, are required to be members of our Foundation Trust. To be a member of the Foundation Trust requires the individual to live within the Trust’s public constituency i.e., our geographical area.

If you require any more information about this role please contact Peter Strachan, Trust Chairman, on 0191 430 2005.

Closing date: Midnight 10th June 2019

We anticipate that interviews will be held during week commencing 1st July 2019.




If you need support completing the application form then this can be available in alternate formats so please contact the recruitment team on recruitment@neas.nhs.uk

PLEASE NOTE:

All applications are checked thoroughly, therefore please ensure that you demonstrate throughout your application where you meet all of the essential and desirable criteria stated in the person specification of the job description. If you do not evidence where you meet all of the essential criteria as a minimum your application will not be short-listed.

The Trust reserves the right to close vacancies before the published closing date or extend vacancy where we think it is appropriate to do so.

If a candidate is unsuccessful at any point during the recruitment and selection process, you must wait 6 months before re-applying.

PLEASE READ THE APPLICANT GUIDANCE NOTES BEFORE APPLYING

DISCLOSURE AND BARRING

Certain posts are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975) as amended in 2013. As such it will be necessary for an application to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Please note that at a standard level, a DBS check will return all spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands, unless they are protected by the 2013 amendments.

More information about this can be found in our Criminal Records Policy which is available to download on the right hand side of this page, or by visiting the Disclosure and Barring Service website or Offenders Charity, NACRO

DECLARATIONS

Please ensure that all information provided in your application is correct and that no information is omitted, particularly in relation to previous employers, as failure to declare, or submitting a false declaration, may lead to the withdrawal of any offer employment if successful.

Due to the volume of applications we receive if you have not heard from us within 6 weeks please assume your application has been unsuccesful.

Good luck!



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