Dec 152017

Chair - Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

We are looking for an exceptional leader to chair the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

The opportunity

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust was authorised as a Foundation Trust in June 2010. It is an award winning Trust, with approximately 2,500 staff and an income of c£150m. It has won the coveted CHKS Patient Safety Award and been in the top 40 hospitals for the last 5 years. Airedale is a high performing Trust providing quality, personalised, acute, elective and specialist care services for local people in an area extending from the fringes of north Bradford to parts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and in to East Lancashire. The Trust serves a population of over 200,000 from a widespread area covering 700 square miles within Yorkshire and Lancashire. The Trust’s overall CQC rating is ‘Requires Improvement’ though over 85% of its services have been rated as good or outstanding and the recent re-inspection in March 2017 highlighted significant improvements. The Trust however is not complacent and is committed to taking the further steps needed to be rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’

The Trust is serious about improving patient experience and safety and believes there is a clear link between providing patient focused, safe health care and delivering strong finances. Airedale is ambitious about its future and has already established an excellent reputation for innovative developments for example providing telemedicine to a number of prisons and nursing homes.

The Role

We are seeking an engaging individual who has effective interpersonal skills, a natural flair for networking and partnership working, with local connections and one who will maintain the present open and transparent relationship between the Chair, Governors and the Board. You will share our passion for high quality services, be politically astute and demonstrate commitment to the Trust’s vision and values.

Essential criteria

To have the requisite breadth of vision and strategic overview, candidates are likely to be highly credible, with a successful career operating at board level or equivalent within organisations of a scale and complexity similar to that of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. Candidates should have significant Non-Executive Director experience, ideally as either a Chair, Deputy Chair or in similarly demanding roles.

In addition the successful candidate will:

  • Be an inclusive leader, demonstrating behaviours consistent with the Foundation Trust’s Right Care values including being approachable, accessible and open to change. You will act with honesty and integrity and in a manner that engenders trust and respect. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Be committed to the public service values and ethos of the NHS, showing empathy with the patient and employee voice and appreciation of the importance of good patient experience.
  • Be strong on governance with a deep understanding of what this means in the NHS context.
  • Be able to network with, and influence, associated parties, particularly locally but also in the wider regional health economy and with local authority/relevant “political figures” to ensure Airedale retains its position as a strong player locally and in the region.
  • Have the commitment, time and passion to support the Foundation Trust to continue in meeting the needs of the local population.
  • Understand the role demarcation between the Chair and Chief Executive. The working relationship with the Chief Executive is crucial, including two way communication, support and at times of crisis providing ‘air-cover’.
  • Be committed to maintaining Airedale NHS Foundation Trust as a high performing, high quality provider for the local population.
  • In governance and leadership terms be capable of, and committed to, open liaison with four sets of stakeholders (Governors, Non-Executive Directors, Executive Directors and external partners); being both a leader and team player.
  • Understand and accept the legal duties and liabilities of the Non-Executive Directors.
  • Be qualified to be a member of Airedale NHS FT

Application Documents

Application process

  • Closing date for receipt of applications * 4 January 2018
  • Interview date 15 January 2018
  • Proposed start date To be confirmed

To apply please prepare:

  • A CV which clarifies how you meet the person specification.
  • A covering letter highlighting the aspects of the Job Description and work of the Trust that particularly attracts you to the post.
  • A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (this will be sent on acknowledgement of your application)

Please submit a full CV, letter of application and full statement of other commitments to Nick Parker, Director of HR and Workforce via post or email using the details below:

Postal Address:

Mr N Parker

Director of HR & Workforce

Ward 12, Location A27

Skipton Road



BD20 6TD


Tel: 01535 294870

All applications will be acknowledged and an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form will be sent for completion.

Please make it clear on your application if you are unable to attend on 15 January 2018.

Find out more

If you wish to have an informal discussion with the Chief Executive, please contact her PA, Trish Smith directly on 01535 294803.

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