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Associate Non-Executive Director

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£11,000 a year
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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We are seeking to appoint an Associate Non-Executive Director to support our Trust Board. This is an exciting opportunity to help lead the Trust and ensure that we provide the very best services for the communities we serve.

We are looking for individuals who have senior executive level experience, particularly within large and complex organisations.

We want you to share your expertise and talents and play a full part in setting the future direction of the Trust. You will have a strong commitment to our patients and to the promotion of excellent healthcare services. Experience of strategic and financial planning, leadership, risk, performance management and service delivery / innovation are essential.

To be eligible to apply you must:
  • Live within one of the areas served by the Trust (North East and Cumbria).
  • Be able to commit time to meet the demands of the role (approx. 3-5 days per month, day and early evening work is required).
  • Be able to attend board and committee meetings.

We want our Board to be representative of the diverse communities we serve and we are committed to being equal, fair and inclusive. We therefore encourage applications from those underrepresented in our workforce. This includes people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, disabled people and LGBT+ people.

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Allison Thompson (Chair) or Ken Bremner (Chief Executive) on 0191 5699688.

Main duties of the job

  • To contribute to the setting and achievement of strategic objectives, achievement of the Trust vision and alignment with core values.
  • To ensure the highest standards of corporate and clinical governance are maintained.
  • To constructively challenge the performance of the Trust.
  • To ensure that processes and procedures are in place to deliver high standards of professional and personal behaviours across the Trust.
  • To contribute to the delivery of the Trusts commitment to sustainability.
  • To help ensure the Trust promotes equality of opportunity in its treatment of staff and patients.
  • To participate in Committees of the Board with specific activities and delegated responsibilities to support the delivery of services as deemed appropriate.
  • To engage regularly, with the Council of Governors and ensure their views are reflected in discussion at the Board.
  • Liaise with and work collaboratively with the Council of Governors. To support the Trusts collaboration and integration with other organisations both within and outside the NHS.
  • To uphold the values of the Trust and the NHS.
  • To represent the Trust in dealing with national, regional or local bodies or individuals to ensure that the views of a wide range of stakeholders are considered and the interests of the Trust and the communities it serves is enhanced.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As an Associate Non-Executive the post holder will contribute to the monitoring of strategy, performance, governance and risk.

We operate as a unitary Board. Non-Executive Directors share responsibility with other Executive Directors for the success of the organisation and ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services, compliance with the NHS Provider Licence, Constitution, mandatory guidance and good governance issued by our Regulators and any relevant statutory requirements and contractual obligations.

The role of the Board of Directors is to provide effective and proactive leadership of the Trust within a governance framework of processes, procedures and controls which enable risk to be managed.


Person Specification

Skills and Knowledge


  • A strong personal commitment to the values of the NHS and experience in the health sector would be desirable.
  • Genuine interest in healthcare issues and a commitment and connection to the needs of the local community.
  • An ability to achieve a balance between supportive and robust, constructive challenge.
  • A strong understanding of the importance of exercising independent judgement.
  • Integrity and high ethical standards.
  • Politically astute, able to grasp relevant issues and understand complex relationships between different individuals and organisations.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, public service values and accountability, probity, openness and equality or opportunity.
  • Strong business acumen and a sound knowledge of good corporate governance, strategic planning, risk, financial control and performance management.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills and an ability to relate to and understand a range of health care professionals, representatives of local government, voluntary organisations and members of the public.



  • Senior level experience of working in business or the public sector, particularly within large and complex organisations.
  • Experience of building effective and lasting working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Trust Headquarters

Sunderland Royal Hospital



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