Chair - East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

This is a unique opportunity to share your talents and expertise to lead East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.


East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) provides acute hospital and community health services for people living in East Sussex and surrounding areas.

ESHT’s services are mainly provided from two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital both of which have Emergency Departments and provide care 24 hours a day.  They offer a comprehensive range of surgical, medical and maternity services supported by a full range of diagnostic and therapy services.

At Bexhill Hospital ESHT provides outpatients, ophthalmology, day surgery, rehabilitation and intermediate care services.  At Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital ESHT provides Outpatient and inpatient intermediate care services.  At Firwood House ESHT jointly provides, with Adult Social Care, inpatient intermediate care services.  ESHT also provide day surgery and outpatient care at Uckfield Community Hospital.  ESHT’s community staff also provide care in the patient’s own home and from a number of clinics and GP surgeries.

The role of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is to provide the best possible healthcare service to patients, who come first in everything the organisation does.

There are around 525,000 people who live in East Sussex and the Trust is one of the largest organisations in the county. ESHT employs nearly 7,000 dedicated staff with an annual turnover of £400 million.

ESHT has around 800 beds and over 100,000 inpatient spells each year. During 2017/18, there were close to 119,000 attendances at the trust’s Emergency departments and there were over 449,000 outpatient attendances.

We are looking for candidates who want to use their energy, skills and experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of East Sussex.  We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experience from different sectors, as well as from health, to this demanding role.

For more information, you can get in touch with:

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust - for an informal and confidential discussion with Adrian Bull, Chief Executive, or David Clayton-Smith, current Chairman, please contact Kelly Porter  on 01424 755255 ext 2348 or email:

Hunter Healthcare is helping us to identify potential candidates. If you would like a confidential discussion about the role contact Rhiannon Smith, Partner on 020 7935 4570 or email

NHS Improvement – for general enquiries and to request an information pack contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or by emailing

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 2018 at noon.

The shortlisted candidates will be invited to the trust to meet with the Chief Executive and key stakeholders during the week commencing 26 November 2018 (date to be confirmed).

Interviews will be held on 3 December 2018 in London at a venue to be confirmed.

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.

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