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Lay Chair (CQ00)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£125 a session (Per half day)
Closing date
25 May 2024

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We are increasing the number of Lay Chairs to support the appointment of consultants at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. This is a defined NHS process for appointing consultants and requires a Lay Member of the public to Chair the interview panel which are called Consultant Advisory Appointment Committees (AACs).

The expectation is that we will run a minimum of 60 AACs per annum and our intention is to have a pool of Lay Chair members to facilitate the AACs.

We are looking for talented individuals with a strong background in influencing and communication with a talent for encouraging productive discussion.

In support of successful candidates, we will offer full training on The Leeds Way, our values and behaviours and equality, diversity, and inclusion. Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to being an employer that is free from discrimination. We aim to ensure our recruitment processes are inclusive for all. We will require you to undertake annual training to ensure that you keep abreast with the Trusts vision, strategy, policies and procedures and operational challenges.

To learn more about Leeds Teaching Hospitals please visit our website Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have demonstratable skills or expertise to be able to Chair Committees or interview panels and be able to facilitate constructive consultation between panel members, remaining impartial within the decision-making process whilst managing differences of opinions between panel members. We are looking for someone who has a passion to recruit the right people into the right roles, through correct process, policies, and best practice.

Knowledge of working at senior management level, public or private sector, magistrate, school governor and/or in a complex organisation would be advantageous.

The duration of a panel can be a full or a part day and in recognition of expenses incurred a sessional fee of �125 per half day is payable.

About us

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one the largest teaching hospital trusts in Europe, with access to leading clinical expertise and medical technology. We care for people from all over the country as well as the 780,000 residents of Leeds itself. The Trust has a budget of �1.1 billion. Our 20,000 staff ensure that every year we see and treat over 1,500,000 people in our 2,000 beds or out-patient settings, comprising 100,000 day cases, 125,000 in-patients, 260,000 A& E visits and 1,050,000 out-patient appointments. We operate from 7 hospitals on 5 sites all linked by the same vision, philosophy and culture to be the best for specialist and integrated care.

Our vision is based on The Leeds Way, which is a clear statement of who we are and what we believe, founded on values of working that were put forward by our own staff. Our values are to be:






We believe that by being true to these values, we will consistently achieve and continuously improve our results in relation to our goals, which are to be:

1. The best for patient safety, quality and experience

2. The best place to work

3. A centre of excellence for specialist services, education, research and innovation

4. Hospitals that offer seamless, integrated care

5. Financially sustainable

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Lay Chair is accountable for ensuring that eachAdvisory Appointment Committee (AAC), panel is planned and conducted in accordance with regulation and local processes. The role of the Lay Chair is to facilitate the AAC to ensure the process is fair, transparent, and inclusive for all. Ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly and equitably upholding the Trusts Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion policy. They should also allow each panel member an equal and fair opportunity to pose a question to the candidate.

A key part in the process for the Lay Chair is to discuss with panel members and conclude the questions to be put to candidates ensuring there is an adequate spread of questions, and to confirm the order in which members will ask their questions. Ensuring panel members are given an opportunity, prior to interview, to clarify points of detail concerning the job description and/or person specification.

The Lay Chair facilitates discussions after the final candidate has been interviewed, to enable the committee to come to a decision. It is the Chair who makes the recommendation to appoint the most suitable candidate(s).

The Lay Chair will ask AAC members to positively declare for each candidate whether they believe them to be appointable or not. There then follows a detailed discussion about each candidate in turn, as would be the case for a normal interview panel. Each AAC member has an equal voice in the committee, and if it comes to a vote, all votes carry equal weight.

Through facilitated discussion and dialogue the Lay chair should allow for an equal exchange of constructive views.

Ensure appropriate feedback is offered to unsuccessful candidates following the interview stage of the recruitment process.

A Medical background is not necessary for this role.

Person Specification

Management & Leadership


  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of regulation and trust policies and procedures. Good understanding of wider political, economic and NHS developments.



  • Demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication and have the capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation.

Chairing Skills


  • The ability to facilitate constructive and productive panel discussions, enabling all panel members to contribute to decision making and managing differences of opinions between panel members.
  • Maintain impartiality during the process exercising reasoned judgement.

Integrity & Discipline


  • The ability to uphold strong moral principles, honesty, and transparency.
  • Understands Leeds Way Values.
  • Understands Nolan Principles of Public Life.



  • Educated to degree or equivalent.
  • Managerial and leadership evidence.

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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