Thank you for your interest in the role of Chair at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT). I am delighted that you are considering joining us and appreciate you taking the time to read this website.
We are seeking to appoint an inspirational Chair, who will continue to develop the Trust’s external relationships, provide excellent support and challenge to the organisation, and lead our Board of Directors to ensure the continued success of the Trust both for the patients we serve and the people we employ.
Whilst experience of the NHS is not essential, we are looking for an individual with significant NED, board-level experience and who perhaps has experience of chairing significant sub committees. They will bring senior leadership expertise with an appreciation for how large, complex organisations are run, especially when operating over a significant physical geography. Politically astute and capable of building relationships across organisational boundaries, we require an individual with exemplary communication skills.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our services have faced unprecedented challenges. Our people have continued to provide first class and exceptional care to patients whilst working under significant pressure, working tirelessly in the face of adversity. As a result, however, we need to ensure that we continue supporting our staff, ensuring their health and wellbeing is a priority as well as meeting the needs of our local community.
We want to secure a Chair who can continue to build and support a board for the future, someone with the right skills, behaviours, and attitudes to inspire our people to deliver the best possible patient care that they can, in the communities that we serve.
SWASFT celebrates multiple points of view, and we believe diversity drives innovation. As such, we would particularly welcome applications from those who are significantly underrepresented in our sector; women, disabled people, and individuals from BAME and LGBTQ communities.
We hope that you are excited by this challenge, and as such, you will be inspired to apply.
SWASFT provides a range of emergency and urgent care services to the people of South West of 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.
Since acquiring our former neighbouring trust, Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) in February 2013, our operating area now covers a fifth of England.
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 operations focus is the delivery of emergency ambulance 999 services (A&E). We have 96 ambulance stations, two Emergency Operations Centres, six air bases 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) and also works closely with the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
We employ over 5,000 mainly clinical and operational staff (including paramedics, emergency care assistants, advanced technicians, and nurse practitioners) plus GPs and around 950 volunteers (including community first responders, BASICS doctors, fire co-responders and ambulance service volunteers).
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 director individually, is to act with a view to promoting the success of the organisation as to maximise the benefits for the members of the trust as a whole and for the public.
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 Gail Bragg, Acting Trust Chair and the Acting Chair of the Council of Governors.
Will Warrender is the Chief Executive.
Our Board has 13 voting Board Members and one Associate NED and two Directors who are non-voting, who meet every 3 months on the last Thursday of every month.
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. NHS foundation trust Governors hold the Chair and Non-Executive Directors, individually and collectively, responsible for the performance of this unitary board.
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.
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. Governors must act in the best interests of the NHS foundation trust and should adhere to its values and code of conduct.
Governors are responsible for regularly feeding back information about the trust, its vision and its performance to members and the public and the stakeholder organisation’s that either elected or appointed them. The trust should ensure governors have appropriate support to help them discharge this duty.
The Council of Governors’ Remuneration and Recommendations Panel will lead and decide on the appointment of the Chair and Non-Executive Directors. They will be supported by the Trust and the recommendation of the Panel will be made to the whole Council of Governors in terms of who should be appointed.
It remains the responsibility of the board of directors to design and then implement agreed priorities, objectives and the overall strategy of the NHS foundation trust.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Chair will ensure the Trust:
Board Leadership, Development and Communication Responsibilities:
Council of Governors – Leadership and development:
PERSON SPECIFICATION: Chair
You should note that this post is a public appointment and is therefore offered as a term of office rather than a contract of employment. As it is not an offer of employment, it is not subject to the provisions of employment law. There is no annual leave, no sickness provision, and no pension.
This appointment will be for up to three years and will be subject to annual performance review completed by the NED Senior Independent Director.
It may be extended for a further term if agreed by the Council of Governors. Any subsequent terms will be offered on a one-year basis up to a maximum of six years.
The role is remunerated at £47,100 per annum and the expected commitment for the role is approximately 2-3 days per week which will be paid in 12 equal amounts on a monthly basis.
More on the time commitment can be found below.
Remuneration is taxable and subject to National Insurance Contributions.
You are also eligible to claim allowances, for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on Trust business. The current mileage rate is 56p per mile.
As Chair, you must devote sufficient time to ensure the satisfactory discharge of your duties. The time commitment will comprise a mixture of set commitments such as meetings (Board, Council of Governor and committee meetings) and more flexible arrangements for ad hoc events, reading, and preparation.
Held every 3 months, you should be available on the last Thursday of that month to attend Board and Council of Governors meetings.
Occasional conference calls may be required. You will have a trust email account and be expected to keep in touch with the Trust Chief Executive, Trust Secretary, and Lead Governor amongst others.
You will also be expected to devote time to being visible in the Trust and across the wider System, engaging with our people and triangulating the information that you have acquired.
Induction & Training:
Your induction and training plan will be developed with you so that it is bespoke to your needs. It will be a mixture of internal and external and will provide you with organisational and sector-specific familiarisation.
As Chair, your appraisal will be conducted on an annual basis by the NED Senior Independent Director. Feedback will be sought from the Chief Executive, Executive Directors, Non- Executive Directors and wider Council of Governors on a confidential basis and shared with you.
As Chair of the Trust you must remain independent and make an annual declaration of independence.
To be independent, a Director 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, the Director’s judgment.
As Chair 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 and criteria explained in the disqualification section above.
You will be asked to sign a declaration 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 noon on Monday 3 October.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the AQ reference number AQ1559.
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 or or Elyse Turner Pearce, Consultant at email@example.com or via +44 (0)7808 648 559.
|Close of advertisement and search||noon Monday 3 October|
|Longlist||w/c 10 October|
|Shortlist||w/c 24 October|
|Final Interviews||w/c 31 October or 07 November|