Executive Recruitment
East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
Time commitment: 3 days per week
Closing date:
25th January
Job Ref:

Recruitment timetable

Closing date
Monday 25th January 2021
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson via MS Teams
Monday 1st February 2021
Final panel
Tuesday 9th February 2021

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East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust is looking for an inspirational Chair, who, working with our Board and Council of Governors, can lead our organisation in the next stage of its journey of transformation and improvement to provide the leadership the organisation needs to fulfil its great potential. Our future must be shaped around our people and supported by inclusive leadership and robust governance. It is imperative that we seek out those leaders who embody our values and commit wholeheartedly to supporting our staff to achieve our priorities.  

Across the Trust are people who are committed to providing high quality services, who have the expertise to come up with innovative new ideas to improve things and the determination to put these ideas into practice. An important part of your role will be supporting culture change to create the conditions in the Trust that enable and give people the confidence to continue doing this. Our external relationships are critical too, you will be politically astute, accomplished in building effective informal and formal relationships and partnerships with other organisations within and outside the NHS.

We have a huge task ahead of us to meet the demands our services face, especially when the pressure our people and resources is greater than ever before. And this means we need to think boldly and creatively about how we work and what we can do differently to improve the experience of patients, local communities and staff.

As one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals and community clinics, we serve a local population of around 695,000 people and provide specialist services for a far wider population.  Our reputation for delivering high quality specialist care, particularly in urology, kidney disease, and vascular services, as well as for our research and innovation is both national and international.  Our pursuit of excellence is at the heart of all that we do, and we are proud of our achievements – from being ranked first in Kent for clinical research studies to the number of examples of ‘outstanding practice’ identified by CQC in their last report, which saw us retain our “Requires Improvement” rating but which sets us further on the path to achieving an overall rating of Good. 

We are ambitious for the future, planning new developments, exploring sources of capital funding, these will further our ability to respond to the needs of our growing local population, whilst ensuring we are well placed to contribute across the wider transformation of health and social care provision at a system level. Recent new facilities include the hyper acute stroke units at William Harvey, Darent Valley and Maidstone Hospitals and a successful bid to add capacity to our emergency department. Our pioneering Coastal and Remote strategy developed with the Nuffield Trust will help us to ensure we're providing the best services to some of our hard to reach communities and will provide new and innovative roles in nursing practice

Certainly we have much to be proud of, however we recognise there is also much to do.  The challenges presented by the current pandemic, concerns of failures in fundamental standards of care and reports of behaviour which contravenes the value we place on our people cannot and should not be ignored.  As a Trust we do not underestimate the challenges we face, but we do so with ambition and a commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve and the experiences of staff and patients alike. Our “We Care” Quality Improvement Programme is predicated on the importance of empowering frontline staff to lead improvements day-to-day. It’s a key part of our improvement journey – it’s how we’re going to achieve our vision of great healthcare from great people for every patient, every time. 

For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Melanie Shearer or Jim Canning at GatenbySanderson on 07384 113 158 or at jim.canning@gatenbysanderson.com.

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