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Non-Executive Director – Chair of the Audit Committee Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Be at the of heart of decision-making as a Non-Executive Director – Chair of the Audit Committee at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) and make a positive difference to the lives of people in Cheshire and The Wirral.

  • Location: Chester
  • Salary: £14,000 (four days per month)
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

About the Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) provides a range of health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health, and all-age disability care – including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Their services span across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton, and Liverpool. They also provide specialist services for the Northwest as a whole. The services are provided in partnership with commissioners, local authorities, voluntary and independent organisations, and people who access their services.

The Trust has over 14,600 members and an income of around £200m. It employs more than 4,000 staff across 62 sites, serving a population of over 1 million people and highly specialist services for 2 million; supporting people to live better quality lives and working together to improve people’s wellbeing.

The Board of Directors and Council of Governors

The Board of Directors is a unitary board and includes the Trust’s Chair, Chief Executive Officer and six independent Non‐Executive Directors, five voting Executive Directors and one non‐voting Executive Director.

As an NHS Foundation Trust, CWP has a Council of Governors who have a corporate responsibility to uphold, safeguard and promote the Trusts’ values, particularly relating to ethics, integrity and social responsibility. Overall responsibility for delivering CWP services rests with the Board of Directors who, jointly, are accountable for day-to-day operational performance, as well as setting and delivering strategy and policy.

The Board works in partnership with the Council of Governors to ensure compliance, the constitution and contractual obligations. They are responsible for ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services, the application of the standards of clinical and corporate governance, the effective, efficient and economical exercise of the Trust functions, and effective collaboration across the Integrated Care System and wider partners.

The Board operates with four committees –

  • Audit Committee which meets bi-monthly and reviews all audits, counter fraud measures and ‘value for money’ reviews.
  • Quality Committee meets every two months and ensures the strategic priorities for quality improvement are identified, implemented and monitored.
  • Operational Committee, responsible for the review and monitoring of operational performance, which also meets every two months.
  • People Committee meets every other month and provides assurance on aspects of workforce and organisational development.

This is an exciting time to join the Board to support their 5-year strategy – Imagining the Future – with a focus on continuing to improve health and well-being through collaborative partnerships across the Integrated Care System and Places (aligned to local authorities) with transformation of services and managing resources collectively.

About the Role

CWP seeks an independent Non-Executive Director to join the Board in December 2023, who will also be the new Chair of the Audit Committee. This Committee ensures the long-term viability of the Trust and holds the executive team and overall governance to account for the appropriate monitoring of internal control, risk and reporting for the Board and Council of Governors. The Chair will also be an active member of the Mental Health Law Review Panels.

The new Audit Committee Chair needs to be someone who is financially qualified and professionally competent with strong governance and modern commercial experience in a patient or customer-focused organisation, to support and challenge traditional thinking, interpret, scrutinise, and have oversight of matters relating to compliance and risk.

 

There is a requirement to be strategic, to contribute to organisational and digital transformation, to develop new and innovative services and contracts, as well as having a keen eye for detail and be willing to deep-dive when necessary, to obtain assurance that financial information is accurate and that controls and risk management systems are robust and kept up to date. Experience of working with a high-performing Audit Committee, at or near Board level or equivalent from either health, social care, public sector service, education, charity, social enterprise or commercial sectors is important for this role.

The successful candidate will require diplomacy and a highly collaborative approach with experience of working in a complex and multi-changing environment, and to help build relationships and partnerships with a range of stakeholders. They will also need to demonstrate good chairing skills and an inclusive decision-making style.

Directors need to have a genuine commitment to patients, delivery of high-quality care, appreciate the diverse communities and be passionate to make a positive difference in the lives of people in the Trust’s community.  Directors are expected to demonstrate a strong personal commitment to the Trust’s values, The Six Cs – Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment and to equality and diversity.

All Directors must champion the 7 Nolan Principles of public life by upholding the highest standards of conduct.

Time Commitment

The time commitment is approximately four days to be worked flexibly across the month. Board meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month, face to face, and are a mix of meetings held in public and private.

The term of office is three years from the date of appointment and Directors may be re-appointed by the Council of Governors up to a maximum of six years. Reappointment after this date may be considered in exceptional circumstances further to a rigorous review process and will require the approval of NHS England.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk

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About Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

We are a high-performing Trust and our services are rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, and as ‘Outstanding’ for Care.  We follow an ethos of continuous quality improvement, striving to meet the needs of the communities we serve through engagement and co-production.

Our vision

Working in partnership to improve health and well-being by providing high-quality, person-centred care.

Our strategy – Imagining the future

CWP has continued to evolve and enhance the way care and support is delivered. The current five-year strategy builds on the foundations that have been put in place and sets out to help improve the lives of everyone in their communities, within the context of the evolving Integrated Care System (ICS) and Places.

To help to improve the lives of everyone in our communities’ the strategy is underpinned by 8 objectives, each developed to deliver the overall vision.

 

Our Values

Everything we do is driven by our values – the Six Cs:

  • Care
  • Compassion
  • Competence
  • Communication
  • Courage
  • Commitment

Achievements:

  • We are proud to be the only NHS trust across Cheshire and Wirral rated Outstanding for Caring overall by the Care Quality Commission.
  • We are the only mental and community health services trust in the North West to be rated Outstanding for Caring overall by the CQC.
  • We are incredibly proud to score the highest in the North West for mental health, learning disability and community trusts for staff being happy with the standard of care if a friend or relative needed treatment, according to the 2021 NHS Staff Survey.
  • We also rank the highest in the North West (when looking at comparable mental health, learning disability and community trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

CWP is committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone.  We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran-aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a ‘Silver’ award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience accessing our services.

CWP is committed to treating all people equally and fairly, in line with our policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We will not discriminate against any person because of age, disability, ethnicity and race, sex, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, or sexual orientation.

CWP will consider making reasonable adjustments to support both the application process and to support any offer of appointment and we would actively involve Occupational Health to do so.

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    CWP is committed to making its recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. They are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

    The Trust welcomes applications from people who have direct experience of accessing their services.

    Guaranteed Interview Scheme

    If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification please inform our recruitment partners – Peridot Partners.

    CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran-aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a ‘Silver’ award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

    The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

    Recruitment selection processes are based on evidence of competence stated in the person specification and in relation to our values.

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    If you experience any technical difficulties, need help making an application,  or have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection process, please contact our Recruitment Consultant – Liz Holderness at Peridot Partners by emailing liz@peridotpartners.co.uk.

    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 18th September 2023 – Midnight
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 26th September 2023
    First stage interviews: w/c Monday 2nd October 2023
    Informal meet with key stakeholders: w/c Monday 23rd October 2023
    Stakeholder Panel: Wednesday 8th November 2023
    Final Interviews: Thursday 9th November 2023
    Appointment Start: w/c 4th December 2023

     

    Values-Based Interview/Assessment

    CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment, which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.


    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We will send you an equality monitoring survey at the point of receiving your application, in the interview phase and at the time of placement. This ensures that our processes remain inclusive and equitable throughout, and provides us with important data to help us showcase our impact.

    The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018.

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