Two Non-executive Directors (NEDs) and one Associate NED, St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated the Trust “Outstanding” in a CQC inspection. We are now recruiting two NEDs and an Associate NED, which is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by this 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 level experience in the following areas:

  • NED Post 1: Recent, relevant finance experience with the capacity to Chair the Audit Committee, preferably, with a financial qualification
  • NED Post 2: Clinical and patient safety expertise gained from medical, nursing, allied disciplines or social care experience at a senior level in an academic, research, regulatory or clinically focused role. We would particularly welcome candidates with primary care or community services experience.
  • Associate NED post: you will have senior board level experience or equivalent experience in a large or complex organisation. You may bring particular expertise including governance, strategic planning, financial management, risk management, organisation performance management, HR/OD or service development

You will 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
  • bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge
  • shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust

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.

As a future NHS leader, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board level role.  These are outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model.

Applicants should live in or have strong connections with the St Helens, Knowsley or Halton areas.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.  

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Application documents

Information Pack (N1944) PDF, 394.0 KB

This is a comprehensive information pack for candidates, which explains the requirements to undertake the roles, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust.

Monitoring form (N1944) DOCX, 198.3 KB

We like to monitor information to establish who applies for our roles and to ensure no group is treated unfairly. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will not be shared with the selection panel unless explicitly stated.

Key dates

Closing date for receipt of applications* 30 April 2019 at 11am
Interview date 22 May 2019
Proposed start dates please refer to the information pack

* Read the information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Government’s Principles of Public Appointments and Governance Code and are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments

Find out more

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Richard Fraser, the Chair of the trust. Please contact Cathy Duffy on 0151 430 1242. 
  • NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing

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