18 May 2018

We're looking to appoint three new non executive directors to join the ELFT Trust board to help to take us to the next level.  We're looking for an Audit Chair and for two Non Executive Directors

We are seeking experienced and talented individuals who will add value to our strong, vibrant and forward thinking Board. We’re seeking particular senior leadership expertise in one or more of the following at a strategic level; Finance (with a CCAB qualification to Chair the audit committee), Commercial/innovation or Technology

We are proud of that we are one of the most diverse Boards in the NHS and understand the benefits this brings to the quality of services and effective decision making. We therefore actively encourage applications that will assist to maintain that diversity.

Why Choose ELFT?
We want to benefit from your talents and experience to have a fully rounded approach to the way we operate. In return, you will be exposed to different leadership styles and ways of working, bringing your skills and experience to bear on fresh challenges.

But more importantly, you will be joining the ELFT family. Which means you will become immersed in the passion and enthusiasm that all our staff seem to be born with!

NHS Trust Boards

NHS boards play a key role in shaping the strategy, vision and purpose, hold the organisation to account for the delivery of strategy and ensure value for money. The board is also responsible for assuring that risks to a trust and the public are managed and mitigated effectively.

Led by an independent chair and composed of a mixture of executive and independent non-executive directors,
the board has a collective responsibility for the Trust’s performance.

Why become a non-executive director?
The purpose of NHS boards is to govern effectively, and in so doing build patient, public and stakeholder confidence that their health and healthcare are in safe hands.

Becoming an NHS non-executive director is very rewarding. It allows you to develop new skills, raise your profile in your professional or business community and engage with a wide range of different people and organisations.

What is involved?
You receive local induction training on appointment, access to national training sessions and other development opportunities.

You will need to attend the monthly board meeting and any further committees you are appointed to. You may also be asked to represent the Trust at external events and events to support your continuous development.

We anticipate that an NHS non-executive role will take two or three half days a month but there is no fixed time commitment. Most of our non-executives find that once you get a taste for the NHS you can’t resist getting more involved.

What does it take to be a non-executive director?

You will need sound judgement and possess a clear understanding of governance along with a commitment to public service values and a collegiate approach. It is essential that candidates have worked at a senior level in a large, complex organisation, and are able to make a distinct contribution to the strategic direction and future success of ELFT.

These roles carry responsibility, and the demands placed on NHS non-executives come from all directions − government, stakeholders and regulators. These are some important personal attributes needed for the role: independent and impartial thought and judgement, strategic mind, willingness to challenge, inquisitive mind and
eagerness to learn, listening and communication skills, influencing without dominating, confidence and sensitivity, clear vision and passion, emotional intelligence, facilitating, enabling and mentoring, integrity, courage, resilience.

Successful non-executive directors bring knowledge gained from many different business and operational settings. They can bring a fresh perspective to entrenched problems, and can promote collaboration and help break down boundaries that hold back progress.

A diverse group of people will learn from, and challenge each other and so be more insightful. You can make a really valuable contribution by offering skills such as finance, commerce, risk and performance management, consumer focus, marketing, the law, organisational development, change management, digital innovation, turnaround experience, HR, workforce development, clinical and patient safety expertise, quality improvement,
business development, regeneration, community development, service provision

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