The opportunity
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital trust in the south east of England. The Trust was legally established on 14 February 2000, and provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 560,000 people living in the south of West Kent and the north of East Sussex.

The Associate NED role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession planning and achieving a balance of Board level skills. Although not legally a member of the Board and does not participate in any formal vote, the individual is an integral member of the wider Board team comprising executive and non-executive roles and attending Board and key committee meetings as required.

The successful candidates will be appointed by the Trust but may also be considered for appointments as a NED of the Board in future, should vacancies arise and they have the appropriate skills.

Tagged as: financial management, healthcare, Risk management, Strategy

About Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Essential criteria
You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services.  You will have senior level experience in one or more of the following areas:


Organisational change management expertise gained at a strategic level

A portfolio of high level governance and organisational skills including strategic planning, financial management, risk management, performance management and service development

Commercial management experience gained in a major contracting environment ideally with a recognised professional qualification and experience of managing significant budgets


You will also need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:


work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board

bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development

hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge

shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust


All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

As a future NHS leader, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board level role.  These are outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Modelopens in a new window