Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£55,000 for on average 3 days a week
Closing date :
9.00am Monday 5th August 2024
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
9.00am Monday 5th August 2024
Preliminary Interviews
w/c 12th August 2024
Final Panel Interview And Stakeholder Sessions
w/c 9th September 2024/ w/c 16th September 2024

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At Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT), our vision is Outstanding Care to One + All. As the main provider of acute and specialist care services for the people of Cornwall, seeking to deliver a brilliant experience and patient safety is our first priority; providing safe, high-quality care to our patients which meets their individual needs and expectations, and values theirs and their relative’s time.

We are looking for an outstanding leader to work with the Board in helping us reach and exceed the objectives set out in our ambitious 2023 to 2032 strategy and ensuring that we can deliver Outstanding Care to all our patients. You will need to have experience at Board level from an organisation of similar scale and complexity, ideally with some experience of health and care. Critically you will need a genuine commitment to the NHS; our patients, people and partners and want to be part of the promotion of excellent health care services for the people of Cornwall and beyond.

We are looking for someone who matches our ambition to provide Outstanding Care, but equally who is passionate about driving Outstanding Improvement. As our next Chair you will need to authentically demonstrate compassionate leadership every day and enjoy working visibly across our organisation and engaging across the local health and care system in Cornwall and across the South West of England as well as nationally. With very strong communication and interpersonal skills, you will be experienced in building and developing relationships and partnerships with a variety of stakeholders to get the best outcomes for our patients, people and population. 

As our Chair you will role model our values every single day and be an ambassador for our organisation. We want to change, improve and modernise, recognising that with the development of Integrated Care Systems we are all having to work in new and different ways, and it will be vital to transform our services to help make our strategic goals a success. We want to focus our efforts on delivering the right services in the right locations, and as our Chair you will play a critical part in leading our Board along that journey and in working in partnership with our health and care system partners to support out ICB vision and strategy

The 430,000 people who live across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly deserve Outstanding Care, and we hope that you can see your values reflected in our own. If you feel this is you, then please contact GatenbySanderson on the number below, as we want to talk to you.

For a confidential discussion please contact Julia St Clare, Melanie Shearer, or Emily Perry on 07807 631 564 at GatenbySanderson.

Closing date: 9.00am Monday 5th August 2024

Final selection process: w/c 9th September/ w/c 16th September 2024

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How to Apply

  • Please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements.
  • A completed fit and proper person form – the template can be downloaded from the same place as the job description.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • You should provide the names, positions, organisations, and contact details for your referees, which must be your line managers and include your current and most recent employer. The referees should cover at least two roles as the minimum. Please note, should you be appointed, you will be required to provide references covering your last 6 years of employment as per the new NHS Fit and Proper Person regulations. Where there have been gaps in employment, this six year period will be extended accordingly. Referees will only be contacted for those proceeding to the final stage - we will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
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