Non-executive Director, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are recruiting a Non-executive Director to chair their Audit Committee. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) delivers acute care to the population of West Sussex across three principle hospital sites: St Richards Hospital in Chichester, Worthing Hospital and Southlands Hospital. WSHT is one of very few Trusts judged as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Each year we have in excess of one million patient contacts and our hospitals are delivering the highest standard of patient care.

Underpinning all our many achievements is our innovative Patient First Improvement System (PFIS) which aligns the organisation, and allows continual improvement, to our ultimate goal of putting the patient first. We are an ambitious organisation, passionate about the care we deliver to our patients. Our aim is to be the best place to receive healthcare and the best place to work.

The opportunity

We are recruiting a Non-executive Director for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in our community.

The Trust is seeking to replace our retiring Chair of the Trust’s Audit Committee. This opportunity will also see the successful candidate work with other Board members to shape the Trust’s strategy and longer term collaboration with our neighbour Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH)

We are keen to use this recruitment opportunity to broaden the diversity of the Board and to take the opportunity to strengthen our links with our community and stakeholders. As such you must also share a passion for patient care and exhibit the values of the Trust.

Essential criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have senior recent experience, at Board or equivalent level, within a large complex organisation.

The Trust provides services to diverse social, economic and cultural groups. Either lived or learned experience of this diversity is highly desirable. You will have a good understanding of the needs of the different sectors of the community, especially those of the black and minority ethnic communities served in the area.

All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

Desirable criteria

As Audit Committee Chair you should have recent and relevant financial experience not necessarily within the NHS and should understand the role of Internal and External Audit.

In support of the NHS Long Term Plan you should have experience with partnership working ideally with the public sector

You will also need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to: work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board bringing independence, an external perspective, skills and challenge to strategy development.

You should be able to hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge.

Applicants should ideally live in or have strong connections with the area served by the Trust

Application documents

A comprehensive application pack has been produced and can be found at

This pack explains the requirements to undertake the role, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications: extended to 30 November 2019

Stakeholder presentation and meetings: to be determined

Interview date: to be determined

Find out more

We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Alan McCarthy, the Chair of the Trust Board time. To arrange this please contact Glen Palethorpe, Group Board Secretary, at or by phone on 07785 332416.


To apply for this post you will need to send your C.V. including the details of three referees along with a covering letter outlining why you are suitable for the role of a Non Executive Director.

Your application should be submitted by the 30 November 2019 to

Glen Palethorpe

Group Company Sectretary

Worthing Hosiptal

Lyndhurst Road


West Sussex

BN11 2DH

Or by email to

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