Clinical Chair

NHS East Sussex CCG

East Sussex

  • Location

    East Sussex

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    30 November 2019

  • Client

    NHS East Sussex CCG

Ref: GSe60896

This post is restricted to GPs that work in member practices of either NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, NHS Hastings and Rother CCG.

It is undoubtedly the case that this is a time of enormous positive change for the Sussex health economy.  The decision to establish a new NHS East Sussex CCG from the 1 April 2020 is a key part of that programme of change.

All the Sussex CCGs have been working in close alignment through a single management team for the past year. Consequently, we already have a common and consistent approach to commissioning and planning across Sussex. We have also aligned many of our support functions, such as governance, human resources, communications and engagement, quality and patient safety and financial systems.  

We have therefore already seen the benefits of the commissioning system coming together and see the establishment of a new NHS East Sussex CCG from the 1 April 2020 as the next logical step to enable a more strategic and focused approach to commissioning at place. These changes will also provide the framework to maximise the opportunities to do things once across the wider health and care system where it is most efficient and effective to do so.

Our critical task now is to appoint to the new CCG Governing Bodies which will formally become operational on the 1 April 2020. 

The CCG will be led by its Governing Body which plays a key role in the strategic oversight of the CCG and for the development of our vision and strategy, approving our commissioning plans and consultation arrangements, and monitoring the performance and quality improvement of our providers. Our Governing Bodies are also there to ensure that there is good governance and to promote a culture of strong engagement with patients, their carers, GP members, the public and other stakeholders about the activity and progress of the CCG.

We want to attract outstanding individuals to fulfil all the key roles on our Governing Bodies.  Each role carries with it a number of responsibilities common to all members of a unitary board as well as some role specific responsibilities and which are set out in the job description. 

Crucially we want to attract individuals to all these roles who have a real commitment to the NHS, who have a vision and passion for health care commissioning, who are strong team players and who want to see our CCGs grow and prosper so that we commission the best health care possible for all our populations.

We are commencing this recruitment process with the appointment of the Clinical Chair. The Clinical Chair has a unique role in leading the Governing Body, combining the duty to ensure effective governance, consistent with the Nolan principles and NHS values, with securing a long-term vision and strategy for the CCG. In leading the Governing Body, the Clinical Chair must visibly and consistently demonstrate a commitment to developing and maintaining a healthy organisational culture and environment built on trust; openness; honesty; integrity; and inclusivity, and which promotes collaborative, system-level leadership that is focused on the best interests of all patients and service users and the wellbeing of all staff.   

This post is restricted to GPs that work in member practices of either NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, NHS Hastings and Rother CCG.

Closing dateFriday 29th November
If shortlisted you will receive an email from our Assessment Team containing details of 2 online assessments that you need to complete within 24 hours. Once completed they will be in contact to arrange a validation telephone call with an Assessor.Monday 2nd December 2019
Final panelFriday 6th December 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, 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. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Serena Dobson: 07530 627120

Julia St Clare: 0203 854 2203