A unique chance to join our board at a time of real potential for the Trust as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Finance and Sustainability Committee.
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated in the North Cheshire towns of Warrington and Runcorn, across three hospitals – Warrington Hospital, The Nightingale Building and the recently renamed Captain Sir Tom Moore Building. The Trust serves a local population of 330,000. The Trust provides emergency and specialist care, orthopaedic facilities, and has invested in new wards and departments spanning maternity and critical care units to chemotherapy, dementia, endoscopy, and ophthalmology facilities. The Trust has approximately 4,700 members of staff and an annual turnover of £317 million. The two hospitals joined together and became an NHS Trust in 2008 and have worked together in partnership since to improve health and care for the residents in their served communities.
The Trust is looking for a new non-executive director, someone who can be Chair of our Finance and Sustainability Committee and gain assurance for the Board across areas such as financial performance, broader corporate performance, cost improvement programmes, planning, productivity, digital, capital schemes, pay and areas of our pandemic recovery.
During the pandemic, the Trust was featured on Sky News and won the London Business School award for Innovation in Adversity for the ‘Black Box’ invention and our finance team won the HFMA Finance Team of the Year Award for 2020:
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to the communities of Warrington, Runcorn, Widnes and surrounding areas, supporting a diverse population of 330,000. It has approximately 4,700 staff and an annual turnover of c.£317m.
The Trust is working towards high quality standards of healthcare across the local population. The Trust works in close partnership with other healthcare providers to improve health and care for people living in the area. Despite the challenges faced, the improvements and strategies implemented have placed the trust in an exciting position to continue striving towards their vision and mission to be rated as an Outstanding trust and continue to provide the best possible care to their patients and staff.
This is a unique chance to join our board at a time of real potential for the Trust with current and potential future capital investments to open new facilities in the community, the development of the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System, and a new and talented NED team supported by an established and well-regarded executive team. You can have an impact and contribute to making a difference and improving the health and lives of people in the area.
We want to appoint someone with an inquisitive, analytical and detail focused nature, with the ability to chair a board committee, to challenge and support the board, and can demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and governance. Values are hugely important to us, and we want you to have a balance of compassion and analysis, questioning and assurance. There is also a strong sense of team on the board. We can challenge and scrutinise each other while maintaining good, open and transparent relationships.
You do not have to be financially qualified or have experience of the NHS to take on this role. We are seeking candidates who can bring fresh thinking combined with recent and relevant financial experience and commercial acumen. This could be from large and complex commercial environments providing an understanding of risk issues. Also, our finance team recently won the HFMA 2020 Finance Team of the Year award showing strength in the financial capability of the Trust.
It will be your duty to ensure effective governance, consistent with the Nolan principles and NHS values, alongside assisting in developing a long-term vision and strategy for the Trust with the executive directors and Council of Governors.
We value and promote diversity and appreciate the best leadership teams reflect the communities they serve. We strongly encourage applications from people across groups that are underrepresented. Most importantly, we recognise that skills and experience can be lived as well as learnt. The Trust is accredited as a Disability Confident employer, and we will ensure that people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity and progress if and where possible.
The Board of Directors and the Council of Governors have a corporate responsibility to uphold, safeguard and promote the organisation’s values particularly relating to ethics, integrity, and social responsibility.
Overall responsibility for delivering our services rests with the trust board who are accountable for day-to-day operational performance as well as setting and delivering strategy and policy for the trust. Trust board is made up of a group of executive directors and non-executive directors.
As an NHS Foundation Trust, the Trust has a Council of Governors who act as the voice of the local community. They are made up of public, staff and partner governors – the majority of whom are elected by the local people who have joined the trust as public members from the areas we serve in Warrington, Runcorn, Widnes and the surrounding areas. The Trust has over 11,000 public members at present. The governors hold the trust board to account on behalf of local people and are responsible for the appointment of non-executive directors and the Chair.
The Chair is responsible for leading both the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors to ensure that they work effectively together, that the highest standards of probity and governance are maintained, and that the Trust remains within the terms of its Licence, Constitution, and statutory obligations at all times.
The core mission of Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to ensure they are outstanding in all areas of their provision and executive of care to their patients, communities, and each other. This mission is embedded in all aspects of their work and is reflected in the values upheld by the trust. The board’s main objective is to ensure this mission is met and is at the forefront of all decisions and tactics made and executed. This is done through ensuring performance is monitored effectively against objectives and that services are high in quality, efficiency and always patient-centered.
The Trust is committed to ensuring a diverse, engaged workforce that is fit for the future and represents their local community. The Trust strongly encourages applications from people across groups that are underrepresented. The Trust has specified people-centered objectives and supports all staff in an inclusive and empowering environment. The Trust works with the Warrington Disability Partnership, an internationally acclaimed charity that supports disabled people and people with long term health conditions.
Time Commitment and Term of Office
You are expected to commit at least 4 days a month.
As a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Finance and Sustainability Committee remuneration will be £13,000
The commitment will include regular Board and Committee meetings, and flexibility for ad-hoc events, reading and preparation.
Positions are appointed by the elected Governors, and terms are expected to last 3 years, subject to annual performance reviews and approval from the Council of Governors.
Thank you for your interest in joining our Board as Chair of our Finance and Sustainability Committee at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
It is important that you are naturally collaborative, open and honest, but also able to challenge constructively and capable of providing guidance and support for colleagues across the Trust. Most of all, we want people who see patients as being at the centre of everything we do, because, while we have already been on an incredible improvement journey and rated Good by the CQC, we are now on a trajectory to be Outstanding.
Like every Trust we face the challenge of recovering service levels but, at the same time, we must also enable our amazing and committed staff and volunteers to mentally and physically recover themselves. Added to these challenges are major issues associated with financial sustainability, and a growing and ageing population that will put even greater demand on health and care in the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System region. As part of tackling these challenges we have had a positive year of capital investment and are working towards opening health hubs in the centres of Warrington and Runcorn to bring services closer to the community and have also opened new wards to provide more services for the demand we are facing.
So, we want to speak with people who can face such challenges, but who have a real commitment to improving the health outcomes of the community and addressing long standing health inequalities.
Please speak with our recruitment partner, Peridot Partners, for more information if you feel you may be the person we are looking for, and we very much hope you will apply for this exciting opportunity.
Steve McGuirk (Chair) and Norman Holding (Lead Governor)
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was established on 1st December 2008, from what was formerly known as North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust employs approximately 4,700 staff across all wards and departments and has an annual turnover of £317million in 2020/21. The Trust provides services from the below main sites:
The Trust provides health and care services in the Warrington, Runcorn, Widnes and surrounding areas. NHS Improvement/England and the Care Quality Commission are the Trust’s regulators and the main commissioners are:
The Trust also works closely with local groups such as HealthWatch, the independent consumer champion for health and social care services.
OUR VITAL STATISTICS FOR 2020-21
The Council of Governors and Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for providing leadership to the Trust and comprises six voting Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair) and five voting Executive Directors (including the Chief Executive) and four non-voting Executive Directors. As a self-governing Foundation Trust, the Board of Directors has ultimate responsibility for the management of the Trust. In addition, the Trust’s performance is scrutinised by NHS Improvement/England and the Care Quality Commission.
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, along with the wider NHS, is facing significant upcoming challenges– an ageing population, increasing numbers of people living with complex, long-term health and social care needs, rising expectations about quality of life and the range of services that are provided, together with increasing costs of providing care for patients.
NHS England has set out its expectations for the future of the NHS through the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan. This describes a number of ambitions around changes to the way in which care is provided, many of which aim to reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital and improve the coordination of care for patients who have multiple, complex health and social care needs.
The Trust’s aim is to embrace these challenges, seeing them as an opportunity to reconsider the way in which healthcare services are provided to patients, with care and treatments that are better designed to meet the needs of individuals and their families.
The response of the health and care system to the COVID-19 pandemic has been critical to dealing with the situation but also has helped shape new ways to deliver services in the future.
The aforementioned challenges facing both the trust and the NHS, are being addressed through the formation of partnerships with health and care partners across Warrington. The Trust works with the Warrington Disability Partnership, a local charity that helps to provide services and guidance to those living with disability. In 2018, the partnership launched a service at Warrington Hospital that provides guidance, information, and advice on disability matters within an onsite retail store that offers mobility and independent living products.
In response to the COVID pandemic, the Trust joined a first of a kind partnership with the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to offer self-swab tests for patients who were awaiting surgery during the pandemic. The programme was successful in strengthening this partnership.
The CFRS had previously supported the Warrington Borough Council and Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group to assist those who were shielding during the earlier stages of the pandemic and provided a multitude of wellbeing services such as medication and food deliveries.
Despite the challenges faced, the improvements and strategies implemented have placed the trust in an exciting position to continue striving towards their vision and mission to be a highly performing trust and continue to provide the best possible care to their patients and staff.
Mission: ‘Be Outstanding for our patients, communities and each other’.
The Trust’s mission is to be outstanding for their patients, communities and each other, which embodies the strategic aims for 2020 to operate as a progressive local integrated health and care system, and continually improving care, embracing new directions and empowering staff to lead change and improvement.
Patients and staff are at the centre of the Trust and the five core values are imperative to creating the right culture in order to support and empower staff to provide the best care possible:
To formally apply, please visit the role on NHSJobs – https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/917149319 and follow the application process.
As part of your application please upload a comprehensive CV and any additional supporting information as a single document.
Separately we also require the Fit for Proper Person Test and this Independence Test for NED to be filled out and returned to Peridot Partners via email to email@example.com inserting “Chair of Finance and Sustainability – Warrington and Halton” into the subject field.
For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:
Liz Holderness | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07872 031079
We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.
All applications will be considered solely on merit.
Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.
Closing date: Monday 25th April 2022
First Stage Interviews: w/c 9th May 2022
Second Stage Interviews: w/c 23rd May 2022
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