Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director

Fixed Term for Three Years – 3 days per month

£14,000 per annum

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.

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 an additional Non-Executive Director on our Board of Directors to assist in providing oversight, governance and leadership in the pursuit of our strategy. Ideally, we are looking for an individual with significant experience of operating at a very senior level within a complex organisation.

You will be required to seek assurance over the integrity of a 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 proven senior leadership skills and a strong commitment to the values of the NHS.  Previous Non-Executive Director experience would be advantageous, but is not essential - rather, the ability to challenge constructively through solid knowledge and understanding is a critical component of the role.  We would particularly welcome candidates from a human resources background and/or with experience in a contracting or commercial operation.

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 3 days per month. At the end of the term Non-Executive Directors would be eligible to stand for a further term of 3 years, subject to the Governors of the Foundation Trust agreeing the re-appointment. In accordance with the Code of Governance Non-Executive Directors can serve for a maximum of 6 years (2 3-year terms), with any extension to this being only in exceptional circumstances.

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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