South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
We are looking for two exceptional individuals to join our Board as new Non-Executive Directors. You will be at the heart of decision-making in an ambulance service where nearly 6,000 colleagues, 950 volunteers and over 800 students in training provide emergency and urgent care services in the most demanding of circumstances across 10,000 square miles to the people of South West England.
We are committed to ensuring our organisation delivers on its cultural vision to be one team, united in our commitment to care and in our ambition to learn, improve and innovate. And at the heart of this is a commitment to be a more inclusive employer, welcoming all and nurturing a workplace population from a truly diverse range of backgrounds, uniting in learning from lived experiences and ensuring this is reflected in turn in our care for our communities.
We have ambitious goals around increasing our representation of black and minority ethnic groups, increasing the proportion of female leaders in operations, and ensuring more of our colleagues are supported with needs arising from their disability, enabling them to grow their careers and thrive. We have an active number of colleague-led forums, from neurodiversity, and menopause café to disability and race equality, these are important networks, helping to support colleagues and aid organisational learning and inform meaningful change and improvement. And in support of this we are committed to ensuring our Board represents our workplace population and the communities we serve. We would love to hear from candidates from a diverse and wide range of backgrounds and strongly encourage applications from people with a disability, black, Asian, and minority ethnic people, LGBTQIA+ people, and women.
In this role you will contribute to the strategic and long-term direction of the Trust, work alongside regional and national partners, and scrutinise our care and services, to ensure we are delivering the best for our population.
You will share our Trust values, be driven to make a difference, and have a passion for delivering the best possible quality of care for our patients.
We are seeking two senior professionals: one with audit and risk management experience and a financial qualification to support our auditing, risk management, and improvement activities. This is with a view to chairing our Audit & Assurance Committee.
The second will support financial management and governance across SWASFT, with a view to chairing our Finance Oversight and Assurance Group. This individual will bring broad financial acumen and governance experience.
All individuals will need to demonstrate their success working across a large and complex organisation, in the public, private or third sectors. Likewise, both roles require individuals who are eager to bring new ideas and perspectives to help us be the best we can be in the context of the unprecedented demands and challenges we face now – and in the future.
We will be holding a virtual Q&A session on Thursday 26 January 2023 (further details below) for prospective candidates during which you can meet members of the Board and Council of Governors as well as colleagues who lead some of our inclusion, engagement, wellbeing, and staff network forums. For those unable to attend this session we will record the session and make this available online.
We hope that you are excited by the opportunities described, and will be inspired to apply.
We look forward to hearing from you.
SWASFT provides a range of emergency and urgent care services to the people of South West England (10,000 square miles which is 20% of mainland England). We work in a way that upholds the values and pledges of the NHS Constitution and are proud to embrace innovation and actively promote best practice.
SWASFT was the first ambulance service to be authorised as an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 March 2011, acquiring our former neighbouring trust, Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) in February 2013.
Our geographical area encompasses Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath, North and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.
Our core operational focus is the delivery of emergency ambulance 999 services (A&E). We have 92 ambulance stations, two Emergency Operations Centres, and two Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART).
The Trust also provides the clinical teams for four air ambulance charities across the South West (Cornwall Air Ambulance, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, and Great Western Air Ambulance Charity) and also works closely with the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
We employ nearly 6,000 colleagues mainly clinical and operational staff (including paramedics, emergency care assistants, advanced technicians, and nurse practitioners) plus GPs and we are supported by some 950 volunteers (including community first responders, BASICS doctors, fire co-responders, and ambulance service volunteers) and over 800 Students.
Every NHS foundation trust should be headed by an effective board of directors. The board is collectively responsible for the performance of the NHS foundation trust.
The general duty of the Board of Directors, and of each individual Director, is to act to promote the success of the organisation by maximising the benefits for our local communities.
As a unitary board, the Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors make decisions as a single group and share the same responsibility and liability.
The Board is led by Stephen Otter, Trust Chair and the Chair of the Council of Governors.
Will Warrender is the Chief Executive.
Luke March is the Lead Governor.
Council of Governors
The Board of Directors also has a framework of local accountability through Members and a Council of Governors, which replaced central control from the Secretary of State for Health.
The Council of Governors is responsible for representing the interests of NHS Foundation Trust Members and the public in the governance of the NHS Foundation Trust.
The Council of Governors has a statutory duty to hold the Chair and Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors. This includes ensuring the Board of Directors acts so that the Foundation Trust does not breach the conditions of its licence.
Supported by the Trust, the Council of Governors’ Remuneration and Recommendations Panel leads the recruitment of and decision on the appointment of all Non-Executive Directors. The Panel’s decision on the appointment(s) is then recommended to the full Council of Governors for ratification.
It remains the responsibility of the Board of Directors to determine and then implement agreed priorities, objectives, and the overall strategy of the NHS Foundation Trust.
To view the Trust’s Mission, Vision and Goals click here.
Collectively, the Board of Directors is responsible for the performance of the organisation to deliver high quality care and effective use of resources. The Non-Executive Directors play a vital and independent role in developing strategy and setting the direction of the Trust as well as overseeing the performance of the Executive Directors to meet the agreed goals and objectives of the Trust.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
SWASFT believes the Board should represent its workforce and the communities they serve, and so is committed to appointing diverse, talented, and high-performing individuals, welcoming applications from candidates from underrepresented communities.
Appointments are made in keeping with SWASFT’s commitment to value diversity and promote equality in that there should be equal opportunities for all and no discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation, providing individuals meet the required criteria.
The position specification is not exhaustive. There will be other accountabilities not specified here that would be expected from a Non-Executive Director.
The role of the Audit & Assurance Chair is key in providing effective leadership to the Audit & Assurance Committee.
The Audit & Assurance Committee and its members play a crucial role in the governance of the Trust scrutinising the risks and controls affecting every aspect of the business. The Audit & Assurance Chair must therefore have a clear understanding of the committee’s duties and responsibilities, be able to commit the necessary time and have the requisite business, financial, communication and leadership skills.
In addition to the role outlined in the core job description, the Audit & Assurance Committee Chair must:
Knowledge and Experience
The role of the Finance Oversight & Assurance Group Chair is key in providing effective leadership to the Finance Oversight & Assurance Group (a Sub-Committee of the Board).
The Finance Oversight & Assurance Group and its members play a crucial role in the governance of the Trust, ensuring an independent and objective review of the organisation’s financial planning and performance, providing assurance to the Board of Directors. The Finance Oversight & Assurance Group Chair must therefore have a clear understanding of the committee’s duties and responsibilities, be able to commit the necessary time and have the requisite business, financial, communication and leadership skills.
In addition to the role outlined in the core job description, the Finance Oversight & Assurance Group Chair must:
Knowledge and Experience
SWASFT held a virtual Q&A session on Thursday 26th January 2023 for prospective candidates during which they could meet members of the Board and Council of Governors as well as colleagues who lead some of the inclusion, engagement, wellbeing, and staff network forums.
For those unable to attend the session was recorded and can be viewed via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZMDGxRL3Kw
Alternatively, a written transcript can be made available on request.
To be able to take up this appointment the successful candidate must be a public member of South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. Membership of a public constituency is open to individuals who live in the Trust’s catchment area.
Details of how to become a member can be found on their website: http://www.swast.nhs.uk/membership.htm
The catchment area of the Trust is defined as follows:
As a NED you must remain independent and make an annual declaration of independence.
A NED must show that they are independent in character and judgment and whether there are relationships or circumstances which are likely to affect, or could appear to affect their judgment. As a NED you must demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct.
You will be required to declare any conflict of interest that arises in the course of board business and also declare any relevant business interests, positions of authority or other connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies. These will be published in the annual report with details of all board members’ remuneration from NHS sources. It is your responsibility to ensure that your declarations and independence remain in place during your tenure.
To be able to take up this appointment the successful candidate will be eligible for public membership of South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. Any applicant, who is not a member of the Trust, can apply to join as part of their application.
To become a member you must:
Fit & Proper Person Test
The purpose of the Fit and Proper Persons Test is to strengthen registration requirements and increase accountability of the controlling mind of health and social care providers.
The Fit and Proper Persons Test applies to all NHS providers and was introduced in October 2014. The aim of the test is to specifically assess the fitness of you as a Director to carry out a leading role for the relevant health and social care provider.
Your appointment will be subject to meeting the necessary checks for this post including an enhanced DBS check, bankruptcy check and disqualified directors’ check; as well as tests around the independence of your role.
You will be asked to sign a declaration (see “How to apply”) that you meet these requirements and the Trust Secretary will undertake these checks.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to SWASFT. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
The closing date for applications is Friday 10 February 2023.
Applications should consist of:
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultant at Anderson Quigley: Helene Usherwood on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)7719 322 669.
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|Virtual Q&A Event for Prospective Candidates||Thursday 26 January 2023|
|Close of advertisement and search||Friday 10 February|
|Longlist||Monday 27 February|
|Preliminary Interview with Anderson Quigley||w/c Monday 27 February and Monday 06 March via Teams|
|Shortlist||Wednesday 15 March|
|Informal Conversations with Team at SWASFT||w/c Monday 20 March|
|Final Panel Interviews at SWASFT||w/c Monday 27 March (TBC)|