Chair, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust (NGH). This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of local services by sharing your talents and expertise to help transform the hospital and make a positive difference to your community.

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Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust's (NGH) key challenge is managing delivery of their deficit control total whilst maintaining quality and safety; in particular the risks arising from the significant demand on their urgent and emergency services. These pressures are compounded by the lack of sufficient community based services, including beds, resulting in delayed discharges and high numbers of medically optimised patients in the hospital, as well as the increasing age and acuity of admitted patients. Key risks that were managed in 2017/18 include:

·      Emergency demand

·      Lack of a robust and funded health system winter plan;

·      Impact of agency caps;

·      Maintaining staffing levels.

The Trust achieved £1.3m better than the financial control total in 2016/17 but 2017/18 is the most challenging financial environment for many years. Their capacity to deliver savings without cross organisational transformation was limited, resulting in a failure to meet the control total by £4.8 m and a resultant loss in sustainability and transformation funding, with a total deficit of £23.3m at the end of the year.

The Trust’s year on year overall improvements in the national staff survey have been very positive. However, they know that the increased pressure of work is starting to impact on some indicators and their staff report an unacceptable amount of bullying and harassment. This is something which they are taking very seriously and is the focus of a programme of development to be launched in the coming months.

NHS Improvement has a specific role in appointing and supporting NHS trust chairs and non-executives. We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust (NGH).  This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of local services by sharing your talents and expertise to help transform the hospital and make a positive difference to your community.

For more information, you can get in touch with:

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust – to arrange a confidential discussion with Dr Sonia Swart, Chief Executive, please contact Jane Jarman on 01604 545868

NHS Improvement – to request a chair information pack and for general enquiries contact Joe Porter on 0300 123 2908 or by emailing joe.porter@nhs.net  

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.

Campaign timeline

The closing date for receipt of applications is 25 October 2018 at 11am. 

The shortlisted candidates will be invited to the trust to participate at a Stakeholder event on 7 November at the Trust

Interviews will be held on 12 November 2018.

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