01 November 2012

Trust seeks non executive directors

The NHS Trust Development Agency is looking to make two appointments to the Board of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

The first appointment is for a non-executive director to fill the vacancy created by the appointment earlier this year of Tony Gallagher as chair.

The successful applicant will have board or senior level experience in an organisation serving a diverse social, economic and cultural demography.  He or she will have particular expertise in corporate governance and risk management, and a clear understanding of the needs of all sectors of the community, especially those of the black and minority ethnic communities served in the area.

The second appointment is for a new post -  that of a designate non-executive director who will have significant and recent clinical expertise gained from medical, nursing or allied disciplines such as in a clinical director or similar senior clinical management role.  As a designate, the successful individual can attend board meetings and participate in a consultant capacity, advising the board but not able to vote.

The closing date for both vacancies is 11 am on 29 November and interviews will be held on 17 and 20 December 2012.

Both roles represent significant opportunities to make a positive difference to the lives of people in our communities.

To be considered for these roles, candidates should be able to demonstrate they have the following characteristics:

  • Patient and community focus - A high level of commitment to patients, carers and the community, especially to disadvantaged groups
  • Strategic direction - The ability to think and plan ahead, balancing needs and constraints
  • Holding to account - The ability to accept accountability and probe and challenge constructively
  • Effective influencing and communication - Be able to influence and persuade others
  • Team working - Be committed to working as a team member
  • Self belief and drive - The motivation to improve NHS performance and confidence to take on challenges
  • Intellectual flexibility - The ability to think clearly and creatively
  • Application of standards of public life - Uphold the standards of conduct set out in "The Seven Principles of Public Life".

The role of the NHS Trust Development Agency is to ensure that all appointments of chairs and non-executives to NHS boards throughout England are made in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all applicants. All appointments are made on merit, in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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