Associate Non-Executive Director

Associate Non-Executive Director

Fixed Term for Three Years – 1-2 days per month

£6,000 to £9,000 per annum dependent on experience

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne 

This is a very exciting time for North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, with the retaining of a ‘Good’ rating following the Trust’s Care Quality Commission inspection in October 2018, and the development of a number of new service offerings.

The Trust operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Darlington and Teesside. We provide an Unscheduled Care service to respond to 999 calls (the emergency element of our services), and a Scheduled Care service which provides pre-planned non-emergency transport for patients in the region (our patient transport service).    

In 2017/18 under the Trust’s new Clinical Care and Transport business model, we integrated our Unscheduled and Scheduled Care services, enabling us to more effectively match patient acuity with the skills of our staff with the aim of enhancing clinical outcomes and improving patient experience.

We ended 2017/18 with the fantastic news that we had retained the NHS 111 and Integrated Urgent Care contract for a further five years.  Operating both the 111 and 999 service enables us to seamlessly ensure that patients receive the most appropriate response for their condition and several new features will be part of the new service from October 2018.

Our mission is to provide safe, effective and responsive care for all, and our vision is to deliver unmatched quality of care every time we touch lives. Even in the most challenging situations we strive to perform to the highest professional standards in a spirit of collaboration and team work. Caring for and treating more patients closer to home is at the heart of our plans, and our committed, compassionate and caring staff are critical to our success.

We are looking to appoint two Associate Non-Executive Directors on our Board of Directors to assist in providing oversight, governance and leadership in the pursuit of our strategy.

The Associate Non-Executive Director role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession strategy and achieve a balance of Board-level skills.  The ‘step-up’ role is aimed to attract potential Non-Executive Director candidates who do not yet have significant Board-level experience, or currently do not have the required availability – but have the ability and potential to succeed in a Board-level role and who will hopefully develop into a substantive Non-Executive Director role in the future.

You will be required to seek assurance over the integrity of range of information from across all services and functions, and seek assurance that risk management processes are robust and that the necessary strategies and control mechanisms are in place to safely achieve the Trust’s ambitions.

The successful candidate will have leadership skills and a strong commitment to the values of the NHS.  The ability to challenge constructively through solid knowledge and understanding is a critical component of the role, recognising that there will be opportunities to develop these skills further.

We are committed to and actively promote equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals from all areas of the community who meet the specific criteria are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage/civil partnerships. We want our Board of Directors to reflect the diversity of the population we serve and we welcome all applications, especially from under-represented groups, including people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Please note that there are restrictions on potential candidates which would prevent them serving on other Boards if it would present a ‘conflict of interest’, for example a member of another NHS Foundation Trust Board of Directors.  Equally, a candidate would need to consider whether any employment in the private sector would conflict with the Trust’s activities.

Candidates would also need to be in full compliance with Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 5 (fit and proper persons). The intention of this regulation is to ensure that people who have director level responsibility for the quality and safety of care, and for meeting the fundamental standards are fit and proper to carry out this important role.

The appointment is for a fixed term of 3 years with a time commitment of 1-2 days per month. When a Non-Executive Director vacancy arises interested Associated Non-Executive Director(s) would need to apply and compete in an open recruitment and selection process.

All Non-Executive Directors, are required to be members of our Foundation Trust. To be a member of the Foundation Trust requires the individual to live within the Trust’s public constituency i.e., our geographical area. Information on becoming a member can be found on the Trust website:


Job Description and Person Specification

If you require any more information about this role please contact Peter Strachan, Trust Chairman, via his Personal Assistant Gillian Elsender on 0191 430 2005 /

Applications open on 3rd May 2019.

Closing date: 10th June 2019

We anticipate that interviews will be held during week commencing 1st July 2019

Please refer to NHS Jobs to apply:

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