NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups Partnership, Non-executive Director

The three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Leeds are merging from 1 April 2018, and they are recruiting a Secondary Care Consultant to join the governing body.

The opportunity

NHS Leeds are seeking applications from individuals who can bring their unique perspective, informed by their experience and expertise as a senior clinician in secondary care. You must be able to bring a broader view on health and in particular a depth of understanding and insight into patient care in a secondary setting.  They are looking for individuals who bring a passion to improve services and who draw on relevant experience to actively challenge and bring objectivity to the decisions we make. 

Person specification

Core Personal Experience:

  • Previous experience of working in a collective decision-making group such as a board or committee, or high-level awareness of ‘board-level’ working; and
  • A track record in securing or supporting improvements for patients or the wider public.

Core Attributes and Competencies:

  1. Demonstrate commitment to continuously improving outcomes, tackling health inequalities and delivering the best value for money for the taxpayer;
  2. Embrace effective governance, accountability and stewardship of public money and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of good scrutiny;
  3. Demonstrate commitment to clinical commissioning, the CCG and to the wider interests of the health services;
  4. Bring a sound understanding of, and a commitment to upholding, the NHS principles and values as set out in the NHS Constitution;
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to upholding The Nolan Principles of Public Life along with an ability to reflect them in his/her leadership role and the culture of the CCG;
  6. Be committed to upholding the Standards for members of NHS Boards and CCG Governing Bodies in England;
  7. Be committed to ensuring that the organisation values diversity and promotes equality and inclusivity in all aspects of its business;
  8. Consider social care principles and promote health and social care integration where this is in the patients’ best interest; and
  9. Bring to the governing body, the following leadership qualities: 
  • Creating the vision - effective leadership involves contributing to the creation of a compelling vision for the future and communicating this within and across organisations;
  • Working with others - effective leadership requires individuals to work with others in teams and networks to commission continually improving services;
  • Being close to patients - this is about truly engaging and involving patients and communities;
  • Intellectual capacity and application - able to think conceptually in order to plan flexibly for the longer term and being continually alert to finding ways to improve;
  • Demonstrating personal qualities - effective leadership requires individuals to draw upon their values, strengths and abilities to commission high standards of service; and
  • Leadership essence - can best be described as someone who demonstrates presence and engages people by the way they communicate, behave and interact with others.

Core Understanding and Skills

  1. A general understanding of good governance and of the difference between governance and management;
  2. A general understanding of health and an appreciation of the broad social, political an economic trends influencing it;
  3. Capability to understand and analyse complex issues, drawing on the breadth of data that needs to inform each CCGs deliberations and decision-making, and the wisdom to ensure that it is used ethically to balance competing priorities and make difficult decisions;
  4. The confidence to question information and explanations supplied by others, who may be experts in their field;
  5. The ability to influence and persuade others articulating a balanced, not personal, view and to engage in constructive debate without being adversarial or losing respect and goodwill;
  6. The ability to take an objective view, seeing issues from all perspectives, especially external and user perspectives;
  7. The ability to recognise key influencers and the skills in engaging and involving them;
  8. The ability to communicate effectively, listening to others and actively sharing information; and the ability to demonstrate how your skills and abilities can actively contribute to the work of each of the governing bodies and how this will enable you to participate effectively as a team member.

Application document

Information pack PDF, 243.6 KB

Job description PDF, 177.1 KB

Application Form DOC, 167.5 KB


The individual cannot be an employee or members (including shareholder) of, or a partner in, a provider of primary medical services, or a provider with whom the CCG has made commissioning arrangements. The exceptions are where the CCG has made an arrangement with a provider, subsequent to a patient exercising choice, and where the CCG has made an arrangement with a provider in special circumstances to meet the specific needs of a patient (for example, where there is a very limited choice of provider for a highly specialised service).

Whilst you may well no longer practice medicine, you will need to demonstrate that you still have a relevant understanding of care in the secondary setting.

Application process

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role with Dr Gordon Sinclair, Clinical Chair, please contact his PA Ela Kassemoff 0113 8435505 or ela.kassemoff@nhs.net before the closing date.

To apply, please return a completed application form and your CV to laura.parsons2@nhs.net or:

Laura Parsons
Head of Corporate Governance
NHS Leeds CCGs Partnership
Units B5-B9
WIRA Business Park 
West Park Ring Road
LS16 6EB 

Closing date for applications: 23 February 2018

Interview date:   13 March 2018

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