North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
£44,000 for on average 3 days per week
9am Wednesday 7 August:
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Recruitment timetable

9am Wednesday 7 August
Preliminary Interviews
w/c 19th or 26th August 2024
Final Panel
w/c 16th or 23rd September 2024

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North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 
Remuneration: £44,000 for on average 3 days per week 
Location: Newcastle  

Do you want to lead an organisation that places patients at the heart of everything they do? Are you excited by challenge and intellectual stimulation, thrive in complexity, and guided by a passion for improvement and social value? If so, we want to hear from you.  

NEAS is a values-led and patient-centred organisation, providing vital lifesaving and life-changing services to a population of 2.7 million people living in rural, coastal, and urban communities from the Scottish Borders down to North Yorkshire. At the heart of the NHS in the North East, we are the gateway to receiving care for the people living in our region, as the provider of emergency ambulance care, patient transport services, and integrated 999 and NHS 111.  For many, we are your first contact with the NHS, making what we do vital to our local communities, and their interaction with our health services. The combination of our services from frontline emergency care to our critical call-centres which start each patient journey with the NHS, offers real complexity and challenge for you as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Board.  

Providing Safe, Effective and Responsive Care for All is at the heart of everything we do, from the start to end of our patients' journeys. We will always aim to make a positive difference to those people’s lives. Even in the most challenging situations we strive to perform to the highest clinical and professional standards in a spirit of collaboration and teamwork. Our benchmarked performance standards are generally better than average, giving our very committed workforce much to be proud of whilst clearly indicating where more improvement work needs to be done.  

Our current Chair, Peter Strachan, will be stepping down from the Board in November at the end of his term, having provided successful and sustained leadership over six years. We are now looking to appoint a new Chair who will lead our dedicated Board and Council of Governors during a critical time for our Trust, as we look to further improve and shape the future of emergency services in the North East. Providing leadership to the strategic direction, performance management, and governance of the Trust, you will be as passionate as we are about the work we deliver, enjoy and be skilled at building partnerships across the complex and varied system we work within, and want to be at the forefront of building a culture and organisation of which our patients, staff and stakeholders will be proud of. 

NEAS is an ambitious Trust, and this is a unique opportunity to make a real difference to improving the services for the communities we serve, and effect change and transformation across the Trust. We are looking for an exceptional, visible, and values-driven leader with extensive senior Board level experience in complex, regulated and person-centred environments, and the highest levels of personal integrity. Comfortable in operating at scale and a strategic thinker, you will understand the challenges of operating and leading a unitary board. Your strong focus on equality, diversity and inclusion will be critical and you will hold the interests of patients and the wellbeing of our staff and communities at the heart of your leadership.  

We are committed to, and actively promote, equality of opportunity. Applications from individuals from all areas of the community who meet the specific criteria are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage/civil partnerships. We want our Board of Directors to reflect the diversity of the population we serve, and we welcome all applications, especially from under-represented groups, including people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  Whilst our Constitution allows applications from candidates living in England or Scotland, you will need to be easily accessible to our Newcastle headquarters and able to travel throughout the North East. 

Please click on Apply below to visit our microsite and read more about NEAS and our journey, the demands of the role, and the recruitment process. For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Will McAlpine, Niamh Blair, or Robin Staveley of GatenbySanderson via will.mcalpine@gatenbysanderson.com 

Closing date for applications: 9am Wednesday 7 August 

Preliminary interviews with GS w/c 19 or 26 August 

Final interviews: w/c 16 or 23 September  


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How to Apply

  • Please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements.
  • A completed fit and proper person form – the template can be downloaded from the same place as the job description.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • You should provide the names, positions, organisations, and contact details for your referees, which must be your line managers and include your current and most recent employer. The referees should cover at least two roles as the minimum. Please note, should you be appointed, you will be required to provide references covering your last 6 years of employment as per the new NHS Fit and Proper Person regulations. Where there have been gaps in employment, this six year period will be extended accordingly. Referees will only be contacted for those proceeding to the final stage - we will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
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