KINDNESS. FAIRNESS. INGENUITY. DETERMINATION
Thank you for your interest in joining the Board at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. I hope the information here helps you learn more about our organisation, the Non-Executive Director and Associate Non-Executive Director roles, our achievements, challenges, ambitions, and values.
This is an exciting time to join Pennine Care. Over the last couple of years, we have undertaken a lot of work to develop a new strategy for the organisation; so you would be joining at the point in our journey where we have made some significant changes to our portfolio, focussing on what we do best and building on our roots in our diverse communities to maximise people’s potential. We want to make a real difference to people who experience mental health difficulties and/or who have learning disabilities by providing high quality care both in hospital and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester – Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.
Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way we deliver our services and has accelerated our collaborative work with partners across the devolved system of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. We know the pandemic has also had a significant impact on the mental wellbeing of our populations and the need for our services will increase. We are committed to ‘building back better’ as we find innovative ways to transform the delivery of our services and improve the health and wellbeing of our populations. We have an important role as a system partner; raising the profile and importance of mental health and learning disability services, reducing stigma, and supporting our people - staff, service users and carers - to fulfil their potential.
At this critical time, we are looking to appoint three Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and one Associate NED to our Board of Directors to bring independent perspectives in addition to complementary skills and experience. We welcome fresh perspectives and recognise this experience may come the voluntary, community or social enterprise sectors, the public or the private sector. We are seeking leaders who are innovative, can adapt to changing circumstances and add value in an environment with significant organisational and system uncertainty and complexity. Focused on ensuring high quality services, our NEDs bring our values to life, promote the highest standards of integrity and corporate governance, ensuring that quality, finance, and operational demands are held in balance.
For one of the NED appointments we require a qualified accountant, whilst for the others we seek individuals with experience of working in large health or care systems at a strategic level, or those with a deep understanding of the needs and experiences of the communities we serve. These posts would benefit from candidates who have experience of working at board level in complex organisations.
We are delighted that alongside our Non-Executive Directors we are creating an exciting new Associate NED role, to support someone into what may well be their first board level role in the NHS, and we would welcome applications from people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to improve the diversity of our board and provide a different perspective, in addition lived experience as a service user or carer would be especially welcomed, and we would provide support to enable you to develop into the role. We would hope that you would be able to learn as much from your time with us, as we learn from your experience and contributions to our board. This development opportunity of up to two years is being established to help candidates to gain the experience necessary to help them secure a substantive NED position in the NHS in the future and the successful candidate will receive a tailored induction and development programme, along with mentorship from me.
Although the Associate Non-Executive Director does not have the legal responsibility of a full Board member and does not participate in the formal voting, the postholder will be an integral member of the wider Board and will attend and contribute to meetings of the Board of Directors and its sub-committees as required.
For all roles we want to attract candidates who understand what it means to be truly inclusive, who have empathy for the experience of our service users and carers along with an ability to engage with our dedicated staff, Governors and members, keeping the patient perspective at the forefront of decision-making. At the forefront of our approach is our desire to tackle discrimination in all its forms.
I do encourage you to read more and contact our advisors at GatenbySanderson Jim Canning or Emma Pickup on 0113 205 6296.
I look forward to meeting you during the process.
Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE, Chair