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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/12/2019.

ICS Chair

Job Reference: 467-ICS.001.19

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
ICS Board


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Independent Chair

Our Dorset Integrated Care System

About us

In 2018, Dorset was officially recognised as one of England’s first wave of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) – Our Dorset. All partners (including primary care, hospitals, community care, local authorities and the community and voluntary sector) agreed to work together to address our health, wellbeing, quality and financial challenges.

We have a successful track record and a strong commitment to collaborative working across all of our organisations. There is a lot to be proud of in Dorset, as an ICS we have achieved a great deal over the last three years.

You would be chairing one of the more advanced Integrated Care Systems in England, serving a population of over 800,000. Our current plan ‘Looking Forward’, is built around the needs of children, young people, adults, families and communities so that everyone in Dorset is able to grow up healthy and stay healthier for longer.

We have a national reputation for change, established through our clinical services review, acute hospital reconfigurations, services built around integrated communities and the best technology and workforce innovation. We are committed as partners to see that Dorset continues to benefit from safe, high quality and sustainable services in the future.

Recent changes to local government, gives us an opportunity to form stronger partnerships with two new unitary authorities and NHS partners. Factors that keep people well are more than just health and care services. We recognise that there are opportunities to work more closely with a wide range of partners and voluntary and community groups. We have over 80 GP practices, 18 Primary Care Networks and four NHS provider foundation trusts.

The Independent Chair role will make sure that the full potential of the Dorset ICS is achieved. It is critical that excellent leadership is in place, that the governance is effective and legitimate, and the vision and strategy are clear, widely understood and supported and focused on real transformation. You would play a critical role in making this partnership a success.

We are looking for someone to provide purposeful and determined leadership to the development and delivery of our ICS. Through executive/accountable officers and working with chairs and cabinet leads you will hold the respective partner organisations to account in their commitment to deliver the Long Term Plan (ICS strategy).

Eligibility – about you

You will have a track record of innovation in a challenging, changing and complex environment.

You will need to demonstrate commitment to NHS, local government and public sector values and principles. You will need to encompass the Nolan Principles - seven principles of conduct underpinning the work of public authorities.

The notional time commitment for the role is initially 1.5 days per week deployed flexibly, £35,000 p.a with 12 months initial appointment.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 16 December 2019. Interviews are currently being scheduled for January 2020.

For more information please visit the Join Our Dorset website

Our Mission

Using our clinical understanding, we strive to lead continuous improvements to health and care services in Dorset. Our key mission is to support people in Dorset to lead healthier lives, for longer.

This mission sets out our ultimate purpose. It defines what we must aim to achieve every day, through every decision and every interaction we have as an organisation. It also incorporates our vision statement. Our mission statement is explained as follows:

  • 'Supporting people' reflects our role of commissioning services for those who fall ill and in preventing illness in the first place. It also recognises the need for us to support people to manage their own health and to work with them to do this successfully.
  • We have a duty of care for all people while they are 'in Dorset' - not just Dorset residents.
  • 'Healthier lives' is the ultimate outcome we are aiming for. It reflects a need to prevent illness (e.g. through education), as well as recognising the need to provide timely services for everyone.

As a clinical commissioning group we have a responsibility as leaders within the health economy. Our unique position as clinicians also allows us to view things differently.

We already have an excellent health service in Dorset but, excellent services can still, and must, be improved to reflect a continually changing economy and society. By using our clinical understanding and different perspective we can drive continuous improvements, not just in health care but across all services within Dorset.

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