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Associate Non-Executive Director

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£10,000 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024

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We are looking for someone who can add to and strengthen the skills of the Board in particular its focus on equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI), not only in respect of our workforce, but also how we engage with our patients and communities and seek to reduce inequalities in healthcare access, experience and outcomes. To that end, we are inviting applications from applicants with a wide range of backgrounds who are committed to EDI and have experience in representing groups or populations as part of an EDI agenda. Applicants may have lived experience through having a protected characteristic or may have may supported groups and communities that are underrepresented or face inequalities in healthcare. This could include people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people living with a disability, people who are LGBTQ+ and / or from a range of faiths.

To make an effective contribution in this role, the successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate the temperament, ability and experience to work with colleagues on the Board, and with leaders and managers throughout the Trust, and to understand and contribute to the direction of a large and complex organisation.

Main duties of the job

NHS Boards play a key role in shaping the strategy, vision and purpose of an organisation. They hold the organisation to account for the delivery of strategy and ensure value for money. They are also responsible for ensuring that risks to the organisation and the public are managed and mitigated effectively. Led by an independent chair and composed of a mixture of both executive and independent non-executive members, the board has a collective responsibility for the performance of the organisation.

Please see the full recruitment pack for further details.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Associate Non-Executive Director will work with Executive and Non-Executive Directors as a non- voting member of the Board. They will use their skills and personal experience as a member of their community to:

- Promote a quality-focused and patient-centred culture, through an EDI lens, supporting the setting of the Trusts values, mission, vision, objectives and plans.

- Commit to working to, and encouraging within the Trust, the highest standards of probity, integrity and governance arrangements to conform to best practice and statutory requirements.

- Provide independent judgement and advice on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion in respect of Trust strategy, vision, performance, resources and standards of conduct. Constructively challenge, influence and help the executive directors develop proposals on such strategies to enable the organisation to fulfil its healthcare leadership responsibilities for the local community and the diverse populations represented within it. This will include providing constructive advice and support for the development and oversight of plans to reduce health inequalities.

- Champion different communities and population groups, who are often under represented, voice and interests within the organisation to address health inequalities through a collaborative community and system partnership approach.

- Support Board Committees in developing their focus on EDI and health inequalities, through attendance advice and challenge.

- Ensure that the board gives due consideration to EDI and health inequalities in its objectives for quality, and for performance across the range of its functions.

- Assist fellow directors in setting the Trusts values and standards and ensure that its obligations to its stakeholder and the wider community are understood and fairly balanced at all times

Ensure that the organisation values diversity in its workforce and demonstrates equality of opportunity in its treatment of staff and patients and in all its business.

- Work with the Council of Governors to aid their understanding of the Boards approach to EDI and reducing health inequalities and to help maximise the Council of Governors own contribution to these important areas.

- Engage with, and be a key link from the Board with the Trusts Staff Network groups acting as a conduit for a Board to Ward approach for these forums.

- Provide mentorship to aspirant leaders from those groups under-represented in leadership and board level positions.

Person Specification



  • Ability to use their knowledge and understanding to constructively challenge and inform work to reduce health inequalities.

Special Requirements


  • Demonstrable enthusiasm and commitment to the principles of Equality and Diversity & willingness to champion this within the organisation.
  • A passion and enthusiasm to proactively tackle healthcare inequalities within the organisation.



  • Experience of representing groups or communities, populations or groups with protected characteristics.
  • Experience and skills in keeping with the Board-level leadership competencies set out by NHS England or evidence of the aptitude and commitment to with due support develop them.

Special Skills and Knowledge


  • An ability to understand, and develop group or organisational understanding of the EDI agenda and specifically the views of one or more of the staff groups and communities served by the Trust, such those from Black, Ethnic and minority backgrounds, people living with a disability, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all faiths. The ability to translate those views into considerations which support planning and decision-making at Board level.
  • A depth of knowledge and experience of supporting organisations, groups or communities in developing their approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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