Oct 012021
Department of Health and Social Care – Chair of NHS Blood and Transplant

Chair of NHS Blood and Transplant - Department of Health and Social Care

Body: NHS Blood & Transplant
Appointing Department: Department of Health & Social Care
Sector: Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £63,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days per week
Closed for Applications: 08/10/2021 at 12:00

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to appoint a new Chair to the board of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

The Chair will lead the Board which comprises 7 Non-executive Directors (NEDs) and 5 executive directors, including the Chief Executive, Finance Director and Medical Director.

With them, the Chair will share corporate responsibility for the decisions of the NHSBT Board and the performance of the organisation. Along with the NEDs, the Chair will contribute to the development of strategy; agree the goals, objectives and business plans of the organisation; monitor and review performance and ensure sound governance, including robust and effective systems of financial control and risk management.

The role of the Chair is to:

  • Lead the Board in an open and positive way, which supports and encourages all board members to make a full contribution and work effectively as a team.
  • Develop an effective partnership with the Chief Executive to lead NHSBT in meeting the needs of the NHS, patients and donors, and to continuously improve the services it provides to them.
  • Set the tone for excellent and constructive working relationships between NHSBT, its donors, customers and key stakeholders responsible for the successful operation of the health and social care system.
  • Oversee the formulation of the Board’s strategy for the organisation, ensuring that it supports the wider strategic aims of the health departments to which NHSBT is accountable
  • Ensure the strategy is underpinned by clear performance systems and financial controls along with robust governance and risk management across the trust
  • Ensure the NEDs provide constructive challenge to the executive directors and each other as part of a unitary board
  • Ensure the Board operates high standards of regularity and probity
  • Promote the efficient and effective use of all resources.

The Chair also has an obligation to ensure that:

  • The Board works effectively, and NEDs have a balance of skills and expertise appropriate for directing NHSBT business, as set out in the Government Code of Good Practice on Corporate Governance.
  • There is a code of practice for non-executive members in place, which is consistent with the Cabinet Office Model Code.
  • The work and performance of the Board and its members is reviewed annually and DHSC is advised annually on the performance of individual NEDs

NEDs are fully briefed on terms of appointment, duties, rights and responsibilities.

DHSC is advised on the future needs of the NHSBT board to inform potential re-appointment decisions for NEDs and succession planning.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

  • Able to lead the Board of a significant national organisation, delivering robust board level governance and accountability, and encouraging a culture of continuous improvement and ambitious target-setting which is performance driven.
  • Have experience of transformation in a substantial private or public sector organisation with a significant technical / operational mission.
  • Strong commercial skills, to provide effective advice in areas such as pricing policy and supplier negotiation.
  • Proven communication skills, with an awareness of the sensitivity of the services NHSBT provides, and the ability to address issues in a way which acknowledges individual and wider public feeling.

Additional Information

NHSBT provides the NHS with a range of products and services for the direct benefit of patients. In delivering its responsibilities, NHSBT maintains relationships with its many altruistic donors and a variety of NHS customers, as well as managing complex supply chains.

For further information about NHS Blood and Transplant and the role of chair, please see the candidate information pack.

How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to:

[email protected] – please quote VAC 1786 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email please contact: Ben Jones on 0113 254 6557

Applications must be received by midday on 8th October 2021.


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