Non-executive Director, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are recruiting 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 your community.

About the Trust

The Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 December 2009 and celebrated its 150th birthday on 27 April 2016. The primary location of the Trust is Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XX. The Trust took over responsibility for delivering adult community health services in Guildford and Waverly on 1 April 2018 and is in the process of integrating patient pathways with Primary Care. The Trust has formed an integrated care partnership with Guildford and Waverley CCG and offers outreach services at the following locations:

  • St. Luke’s Radiotherapy Unit, East Surrey Hospital, Canada Avenue, Redhill, Surrey RH1 5RH
  • St. Luke’s Chemotherapy Unit, Ashford Hospital, London Road, Ashford, Middlesex TW15 3AA
  • Outpatient services, Cranleigh Village Hospital, 6 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AE
  • Outpatient services, Haslemere Hospital, Church Lane, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2BJ
  • Outpatient services, Woking Community Hospital, Heathside Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 7HS

Royal Surrey offers a full service district general hospital appropriate to its size and the population it serves, but brings the added advantage to the region of providing a full tertiary cancer service, unusual in a Trust which is not a major medical teaching centre. Alongside its cancer services, the Trust has a strong record for treatment of liver and pancreatic diseases, and is the only centre for hepatitis in the country sited within a district general hospital. 

Clinicians at the Royal Surrey were early enthusiasts for robotic surgery; using the Trust’s two robots enables minimally invasive procedures. Subsequently, RSCH delivers some of the best ratings in the country for minimising the amount of time patients need to remain in hospital after surgery. Royal Surrey’s “enhanced recovery” record is world-leading, and clinicians are invited internationally to share their success in this area.

A full list of services offered at RSCH is available on the Royal Surrey website.

The Role

A Non-executive Director is a member of the Trust Board and, together with other Board members, is responsible for the strategic leadership, direction and development of the Trust. Board members share a corporate responsibility for the governance and performance of the Trust in meeting both strategic and operational objectives.


  • Commit to working to, and encouraging within the Trust, the highest standards of probity, integrity and governance and contribute to ensuring that the Trust’s internal governance arrangements conform to best practice and statutory requirements.
  • Behave in accordance with the Trust’s values; in furtherance of its mission; vision and strategic goals.
  • Ensure that the commitment to patient safety, experience and outcomes is at the heart of the Trust’s strategy, change programmes and improvement plans so that patients consistently receive high quality care that is commensurate with the RSCH’s values.
  • Provide independent judgement and advice on issues of strategy, vision, performance, resources and standards of conduct and constructively challenge, influence and help the executive board develop proposals on such strategies.
  • In accordance with agreed board procedures, monitor the performance and conduct of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives and statutory responsibilities, including the preparation of annual reports and annual accounts and other statutory duties.
  • Be assured that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and risk management systems are robust and fit for purpose.
  • Contribute to the determination of appropriate levels of remuneration for executive directors.
  • Take an active part in other committees established by the Board of Directors to exercise delegated responsibility. In respect of the audit committee, at least one of the Non-executive Director members of the committee should have recent and relevant financial experience.
  • Hold the Executive Team to account for the delivery of the Trust’s strategy and the performance of the Trust.
  • As a member of board committees, appoint, remove, support, encourage and where appropriate ‘mentor’ senior executives;
  • Bring independent judgement and experience based on a senior board and governance expertise to apply for the benefit of RSCH, its stakeholders and its wider community;
  • Assist fellow directors in setting the Trust’s strategic aims, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the trust to meet its objectives, and that performance is effectively monitored and reviewed.
  • Assist fellow directors in providing entrepreneurial leadership within a framework of prudent and effective controls, which enable risk to be assessed and managed.
  • Assist fellow directors in setting the Trust’s values and standards and ensure that its obligations to its stakeholders and the wider community are understood and fairly balanced at all times.
  • Engage positively and collaboratively in board discussion of agenda items and act as an ambassador for RSCH in engagement with stakeholders including the local community, dealing with the media when appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with the Council of Governors to enable them to fulfil their statutory role and represent the views of their members and stakeholders.
  • Attend Council of Governors meetings, governor committee meetings as required by the Trust’s Chairman, Committee Chair, or Council of Governors.

Essential criteria

  • Membership of the foundation trust (see Trust’s web site for membership qualification).
  • Experience of operating at senior or board level within a large and/or complex public or private sector organisation.
  • The capability to chair a committee of the board. 
  • The capacity to understand the needs of our local patient community, the roles and responsibilities of the Council of Governors, and the statutory and regulatory requirements, risk management and board assurance processes.
  • Specific expertise as a clinician. This individual will most likely have worked at executive board level and will bring experience of governance, seniority of view to provide guidance on clinical development to the wider board, and will provide challenge and support to executive clinical leaders. Either a doctor, nurse or pharmacist this new NED could come from acute, community or primary care.
  • Educated to degree level, or able to demonstrate an equivalent qualification or level of experience.
  • Experience in a senior management role, ideally with strategic and delivery experience of a broad range of communications disciplines.

In addition to the expertise outlined above, candidates interviewed will need to show that they have the competencies required to be effective in this board level role. They are:

Patient and community focus 

High level of commitment to providing quality service and care to service users, carers and the community and to tackling health inequalities.

Strategic direction 

The ability to think and plan ahead, balancing needs and constraints.

Holding to account 

The ability to accept accountability, and to probe and challenge constructively.

Effective influencing and communication

The ability to influence and persuade others.

Team working 

Commitment to working as a team member.

Self belief and drive

The motivation to improve NHS performance and confidence to accept new challenges.

Intellectual flexibility 

The ability to think clearly and react creatively.

Further reading

The following websites and documents will provide you with useful background into the NHS and the Trust:

How to apply

The Chair of the Trust, Sue Sjuve, would be happy to discuss the role in greater detail and show interested parties around the Hospital. In order to arrange a conversation or visit with Sue, please contact Cathy Coles on 01483 406777

In order to apply for the role please send a CV and cover letter to Louise Hall, Director of HR The closing date for applications is 11:00pm on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

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