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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/10/2019.

Independent Chair of Gloucestershire ICS

Job Reference: 327-19-337

2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Sanger House

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed in October 2019, following the merger of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The two Trusts joined together to provide integrated mental health, physical health and learning disability services to communities.

Gloucestershire ICS is seeking an exceptional leader for the role of Independent Chair

“To improve health and wellbeing, we believe that by all working better together – in a more joined up way – and using the strengths of individuals, carers and local communities, we will transform the quality of care and support we provide to all local people”

The STP Plan for Gloucestershire was initially published in late 2016 following extensive engagement and consultation. Its aim is for all 6 partner organisations to work together to deliver high quality care which supports the people of Gloucestershire to live well, stay independent and enjoy life.

Our ambitious plan sets out a vision for the future of Gloucestershire’s health and social care services and focuses on four key themes:-

• Promoting active communities

• Adopting a “one place, one budget, one system” approach

• Focusing on clinical programmes

• Reducing clinical variation

The plan also aims to address the key challenges identified in the NHS Long Term Plan.

In 2018, NHS England announced that our STP partnership had developed and delivered sufficiently to become one of 14 Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in England. A system-wide programme of work shaping our plans and vision is well underway, within a developing governance framework. The appointee will play a key role in taking this forward. Importantly, in August 2019, the ICS launched Fit for the Future to engage with our community on a range of ideas and potential solutions for how community urgent “same day” care and specialist hospital services could be provided across the county.

In order to deliver our plans, strong, focused and experienced leadership is required. To complement the able and effective leadership already in place across the system, we are now seeking to recruit a new Independent Chair for our ICS.

The Chair’s main function will be to provide clear, purposeful and determined leadership to develop and deliver the ambitions of the ICS, to hold the respective partner organisations to account in their commitment to deliver the plan. As an exceptional leader with a strong track record at system, regional or national level, you will demonstrate a personal commitment to the NHS, local government and wider public service alongside the highest standards of probity and integrity. An ability to communicate with and engage a wide range of organisations and individuals is critical.

The post is for circa 2 days a week flexibly worked for an initial office of 3 years (reviewable). Applicants are invited to contact Neil Savage, Joint Director of HR & OD on 0300 421 7106 for further information and / or to arrange an informal discussion with the Chairs and Cabinet Member.

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Applicants should note that all appointments to Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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