The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, 2 Non-executive Directors

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust (QEHKL) are currently seeking applications for two Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to join their Board.

The opportunity

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust (QEHKL) is a district general hospital providing services to West Norfolk and parts of Breckland, North East Cambridgeshire, North Norfolk and South Lincolnshire.  The Trust may be relatively small but QEHKL are very proud to receive numerous accolades for their services and performance.  As examples, they have been recognised for the excellence of their stroke services, for innovation and for the quality of some of their recent ‘estate’ refurbishments.

They provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetric and community-based services.  QEHKL also have an established clinical network relationships with their tertiary neighbours, including with Cambridge University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust and The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust. 

The main hospital is on the outskirts of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, although some specialist services and clinics are provided at outlying facilities in the heart of the communities the Trust serve.

Essential criteria

Ideal candidates will have a background and experience that will allow him/her to make a positive contribution to the Board.  Candidates could come from a range of backgrounds but will ideally have gained senior Board level experience in an organisation of a similar scale and complexity and will be able to engage effectively with a wide cross-section of people in and outside the organisation.

The successful candidates will each have experience of working at a very senior level in a complex customer-service driven organisation, whether public or private, and will therefore have a broad understanding of:

  • Quality service provision
  • Finance and efficiency
  • Corporate governance
  • Leadership
  • Strategy
  • Organisational Development
  • Communications
  • Transformation

QEHKL are looking for Non-Executive Directors who are, within the context of a constrained financial position, able to bring relevant transferable experience, insight, expertise and challenge in the following areas:

Post 1- Non-Executive Director

  • Organisational Transformation / Form – can you support the Board in maintaining a collaborative but strong position in the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, contributing to and leading in strategic planning with our partners?  Can you help drive the Trust to innovate in order to deliver transformative solutions to the challenges faced by the region’s health and social care services and to explore with our partners, the potential of differing organisational forms as vehicles for delivering challenging strategic, patient-focused plans?
  • Organisational Change and Development – can you help us to oversee the very significant programme of change and development that our Trust will need, as we support our workforce to be ready for the strategic changes ahead?
  • Background – do you have the skills and knowledge to support the Board in ensuring that the Trust delivers care that is safe, effective and provides patients with the most positive experience possible?  
You might have a background in Health and Social Care – perhaps in Public Health, Primary Care, Social Care or the Voluntary Sector.

Post 2 – Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair

As the current office-holder approaches the end of his second term of office, we are seeking to appoint an Audit Committee Chair.  We will discuss with the successful candidate, a suitable and mutually convenient start date and handover period for this key Board position.

  • Do you have recent and relevant financial experience? (essential)
  • Do you have a financial qualification? (desirable)
  • Have you previously served on the Audit Committee of a complex organisation? (essential)
  • Are you ‘independent’ of the Trust (essential) – Code of Governance definition of Independence – Independent in character and judgement and without relationships or circumstances which are likely to affect, or could appear to affect, the director’s judgement.

In terms of personal attributes, all non-executive colleagues should be able to demonstrate a commitment to improving quality (patient outcomes, patient safety and patient experience) and to the ethos of public service. 

While the successful candidates will be selected, based on their alignment with the role criteria set out in this briefing, applications from people living within easy travelling distance to the hospital will be very welcome.

The successful candidates will therefore be able to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of success in his/her chosen career either in an Executive or Non-Executive capacity, gained within customer-service-driven organisations, whether public or private;
  • Well-developed commercial, business and political astuteness which will translate into an ability to think and act strategically for the benefit of the Trust;
  • A strong understanding of corporate governance and Board responsibilities;
  • Empathy with, and commitment to public service values of accountability, openness, probity and equality of opportunity;
  • Being accustomed to a high level of accountability;
  • The intellectual rigour to understand complex issues quickly;
  • An enthusiastic, enquiring mind, with the confidence to challenge constructively;
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to listen;
  • The ability to work with a wide range of individuals and organisations;
  • The ability to understand the implications of any Board decision;
  • A commitment to the principles of Foundation Trusts / Public Benefit Corporations. 

Information pack PDF, 510.0 KB

Application process

Closing date for applications 25 February 2018
Interviews week commencing 9 April 2018

All applications will be acknowledged.  

The recruitment process will be overseen by a panel of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee of the Governors’ Council, who will shortlist applications in accordance with the criteria set out in ‘The Candidate’ section of this briefing.  

The Trust has a commitment to equal opportunities based on sound management practice, respect for the individual and legislative compliance.

The Trust’s Regulators, NHS Improvement and the Trust’s external auditors may be consulted about these appointments, as appropriate.

The Nominations and Remuneration Committee panel will make its recommendations in respect of its preferred candidate for each role, to the Governors’ Council.  It is the duty of the Governors’ Council to appoint the Board’s Non-Executive Directors and it is anticipated that the appointment will be made, subject to Governors’ Council approval and satisfactory references (see also the paragraph above, on ‘Eligibility’).

Candidates wishing to apply:

  • May apply online at  Please submit a personal statement, attached to your online application.
  • May apply by submitting a detailed CV to the address below.  This should include the names and contact details of two professional referees and should be accompanied by a short supporting statement, which addresses the criteria as set out in the person specification (The Candidate) in this document. 
Gill Rejzl
Trust Secretary
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Gayton Road
King’s Lynn
PE30 4ET

Please indicate which vacancy interests you, when you apply.

Find out more

If you would like to know more about the role or the process for selection and appointment, please contact Trust Secretary, Gill Rejzl on 01553 613614 or by email at

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