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Non-Executive Director

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£13,000 a year As determined by the Council of Governors
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Role purpose

Working alongside the Chair, the Non-Executive Director will be a member of the Board of Directors, ensuring that the Foundation Trust has appropriate strategies to meet its clinical, quality, workforce, financial and other objectives.

In line with the Cabinet principle of collective responsibility for the overall performance of the Foundation Trust, the Non-Executive Director will ensure appropriate systems of risk management, governance and board assurance are implemented.

The Non-Executive Director will also provide professional advice and guidance to the board in their specialist area of expertise.

Main duties of the job

Governance and Performance
  • Ensure that the foundation trust's internal governance arrangements conform with best practice and statutory requirements.
  • Ensure that governance, financial and risk management systems and controls are robust and defensible.
  • Provide independent advice and constructively challenge the Board on issues of strategy, vision, performance, resources and standards of conduct.
  • Assist the Board in the setting of the foundation trust's strategic aims, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the trust to meet its objectives.
  • Monitor the performance and conduct of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives and statutory responsibilities, including the preparation of annual reports and annual accounts and other statutory duties.
  • Ensure that performance information received by the Board is appropriate, valid and accurate and provides measurement for the metrics to which it relates.
  • Ensure that any official or statutory reports are accurate, (e.g., the annual financial report, CQC assurance reports, and reports to NHS Improvement), and provides appropriate assurance where appropriate.
  • Hold to account committees of the Board, ensuring they deliver the expected level of performance and assurance.
  • Provide assurance to the Council of Governors on all matters of performance and governance.

About us

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.


Please note that senior positions (AFC band 8A or above) may be expected to participate in an on-call rota, if the role is predominantly operational.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Leadership and strategy

Encourage the highest standards of probity, integrity and governance within the Foundation Trust.
  • Ensure the foundation trust complies with the conditions of its Provider Licence, the constitution and any other applicable legislation and regulations.
  • Ensure that the foundation trust fosters a culture of performance, engagement, learning and respect in line with its vision and values.

Please note that Non-Executive Director appointments (including the Chair) are made on the basis of a contract for services and no contract of employment is formed.

Person Specification



  • Significant experience at Board level in a large, complex and changing organisation
  • Formulating strategies and plans of action to achieve objectives
  • Proven track record of delivering high performance in a rapidly changing and uncertain environment
  • Broad understanding of the NHS framework and how the health service operates


  • Clinically/medically qualified
  • Experience of developing or contributing to the development and implementation of a digital strategy.
  • Experience in a digital environment
  • Experience as a Non-Executive Director, Governor, Trustee or equivalent in the commercial, voluntary or public sector



  • Exceptional leadership skills, engendering respect from others
  • A good listener, able to weigh up arguments and summarise for others
  • Highly developed interpersonal, influencing and communication skills
  • Capable public speaker with the ability to engage and network effectively with organisations inside and outside the NHS
  • Ability to engage positively with staff and Governors
  • Analytical and creative, with the ability to be independent in judgement
  • Astute negotiator, able to grasp relevant issues and understand the relationships between interested parties.
  • Chairing skills.



  • Sound knowledge and understanding of corporate governance
  • Clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of Non-Executive Directors
  • Sound knowledge of understanding clinical governance in the NHS.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the developing health economy of the region and of this Trust's position within it


  • Understanding of Foundation Trust status and Governor responsibilities.



  • Commitment to NHS values and principles and a clear understanding of the NHS political and operational environment
  • Ability to effectively represent the Trust to its constituents, patients, partner organisations and regulators
  • Ability to travel
  • Holds general computing skills, is familiar with Microsoft Office and video conference systems, or is willing to undergo training in these areas.

Employer details

Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Albert Edward Infirmary

Wigan Lane



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