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Associate Non-Executive Director

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£13,000 a year
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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As the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust occupies a unique and special place in the NHS. We are a rare organisation, with our complexity and impact far exceeding our scale. From our state-of-the-art building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world's largest centres of healthcare research and delivery, we offer heart and lung services, with an extensive range of specialist services provided nowhere else in the UK. With an international reputation for excellence in research and innovation, we are a member of Cambridge University Health Partners and have recently opened the Heart and Lung Research Institute in partnership with the University of Cambridge. We are also a critical part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System and recognise the important role we can play in tackling health inequalities and maximising the opportunities created by the research and innovation work that takes place in our region.

This new Board role was introduced two years ago and is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure and experience at board level and to support improved health outcomes for patients. Although it is a non-voting role, you will have full involvement with strategic decision making within the Trust. There is a developmental component to the opportunity, and we will support the successful candidate to build their personal and professional capability and confidence.

Main duties of the job

As a Board member, you will work alongside Executive and Non-executive Directors to constructively challenge and support the development of proposals on strategies, scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and satisfy yourself that financial controls and systems for risk management are effective.

You will be expected to be available for around 3 days a month, however during the first few months you may well need to spend more time building up knowledge of our services.

We are seeking a compassionate leader with a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. Also essential is relevant senior leadership experience in the private, public, or voluntary sector and a good understanding of the workings of the NHS, and in particular Foundation Trusts. In considering the current balance of skills, experience and knowledge on our Trust Board, in addition to the broad leadership skills described above, we are interested in hearing from applicants who have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

Technology and/or digital



Public/Population Health

Clinical (non-medical and medical)

Royal Papworth recognises that diverse boards make the best decisions, and we want our board to reflect the diversity of the population we serve and our workforce. Therefore, we want to receive applications from people from ethnic minority communities, LGBTQ communities, and those with lived experience of disability.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • Please refer to the Main Duties of the Job and attached Associate NED Candidate Pack

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust



Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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