Non-executive Director, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country and has a vacancy for a non-executive director. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in our community.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country. We provide a wide range of mental health services, including some regional and national services, to a population of 1.5 million people in two counties covering 3,500 square miles. We employ around 4,000 staff and have an income of £225 million.

We serve an extensive rural area with urban conurbations, with pockets of deprivation. Our focus is on recovery and wellbeing and on understanding the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

As a Trust we continue on our transformation programme to establish a strong safety culture and improve the quality of care we provide to our service users. We are at a start of this journey, but the foundations are almost there. We have made positive progress but there remains much to do to improve mental health services across Norfolk and Suffolk and our learning disability services in Suffolk.

Our aim is to be in the top quarter of mental health trusts for quality and safety by 2023 and our vision is to support people to achieve their hopes, dreams and aspirations. We are now looking for an exceptional Non-executive Director who can help us achieve this.

The role of our Non-executive Directors is to assist fellow Directors in setting the Trust’s strategic aims and to hold the Executive to account for delivering these aims and strategic objectives. We are looking for an individual who can demonstrate an interest in mental health and learning disabilities and who will live the Trust values of Positively, Respectfully, Together in an open, focused and inclusive way.

All our Non-executive Directors bring their own specific skills and professional expertise. In relation to this appointment, we are looking for a qualified financial accountant with experience operating at a senior, strategic level. It would also be considered desirable for candidates to have had some exposure to estate / capital management, as this is an important part of our current agenda.

If you have the skills and experience outlined above and are excited by the potential of working with our leadership team to make our Trust, we welcome your interest and application. We would particularly welcome applications from women and those from a BME background to improve the diversity of experience at the Board and those with lived experience, either as carers or service users.

Applications will be open to members of the public who live in (a) the County of Norfolk, (b) the County of Suffolk, and (c) any of the Counties of Essex, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, and the London Borough of Newham; (a), (b) and (c) being the three geographical areas identified as public constituencies of the Trust.

Application closing date: Sunday, 26 April

Shortlisting Interviews: Thursday, 14 May

Interviews will be held: Friday, 29 May

Please be advised, as we continue to respond to ongoing developments around COVID-19, the timings and structure of this process could be subject to alteration.

To request a copy of the Briefing Pack or schedule a discussion relating to this appointment, please contact our recruitment partner Joe Joyce at The Finegreen Group on enquiries@finegreen.co.uk quoting the reference: NSFT-NED

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