Our recent national survey of the diversity of all trust boards has revealed that while 48% of executive board members are women only 38% of non-executive board members are; if the NHS is to achieve the 50/50 by 2020 board gender diversity goal, we need to ensure that more women are appointed to trust boards, particularly into non-executive roles. The survey also revealed that only 8% of board members are from the black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
Initial launch in London and Midlands and East regions
of the NExT Director scheme is to help people from these groups with the senior
skills and expertise necessary to make a real contribution to NHS to take that
final step into the board room. The scheme, which has been likened to a
board apprenticeship, was successfully piloted last year by eight NHS Trusts in
London focusing on people from BAME communities. The scheme is now being
expanded to so that all providers in two regions can participate. The Midlands and East will focus on
supporting women, and in London the scheme will be aimed at people from local
Individual NExT Directors will be
offered a placement with a provider trust in their area for up to 12 months, depending
on each individual’s rate of progression. This will provide the opportunity to learn first-hand about the challenges
and opportunities associated with being a non-executive director in the NHS
Suggest a candidate
We're now working to identify potentially suitable candidates for the scheme. Do you know someone who you think has what it takes to be a non-executive director in the NHS and has the motivation to commit to a placement as a NExT Director?
Host a placement
Provider chairs in the Midlands and East and London regions are really supportive of the NExT Director Scheme, and many organisations have already signed up to offer placements.
Could you and your organisation take part in the scheme by hosting one or two NExT Director placements?
Participating trusts will be asked to:
- provide their NExT Director/s with access to board and committee meetings and papers (including an opportunity to review and analyse meetings with board members) as appropriate
- allocate an experienced non-executive director mentor for the period of the placement who can provide their NExT Director with regular feedback and advice on his / her development
- encourage their NExT Director to shadow key senior staff and meet staff and patients’ groups