Chief Executive

East London NHS Foundation Trust


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    14 February 2021

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    East London NHS Foundation Trust

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ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is improving the quality of life of all we serve.

We work hand in hand with our service users and patients, communities and partners to ensure that we provide responsive and effective support so that they can fulfil their potential.

Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in September 2016 and again in June 2018, ELFT is financially robust and an active system leader, both locally and nationally. We are a Trust that values people – from those who access our services to those who deliver them.  We are highly regarded internationally for the way we champion People Participation in all aspects of our work including co-production, as well as for our ambitious Quality Improvement programme, which has transformed the culture of the Trust and the way we work with our staff. We believe firmly that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

Our ambition is to ensure that we maintain our high quality of service delivery whilst becoming a systems leader and provider of integrated care.  The Trust has made a commitment to focus on improving the health of the population and communities that we serve; we will continue to improve the health and wellbeing, quality and value for the people we serve as well as the experience of our staff.

As we deal with impact of COVID-19 and look to the future, things may be different from now but the Trust Board is clear that we must continue to be ambitious for our service users and patients, staff and local populations, and this means working with them to provide safe, compassionate and recovery-focused care. We are especially excited to be developing our programme to measurably improve population health and wellbeing. Our ambition is underpinned by our systematic approach to Quality Improvement, through embedding a culture of creativity, openness and co-production; one that is led by clinicians and front-line staff working meaningfully alongside those with lived experience.

We are seeking an exceptional Chief Executive to lead and support ELFT in the next phase of its development, ensuring a continued focus on, and commitment to, People Participation, Quality Improvement and innovation. We are looking for a natural systems leader, someone who can think beyond organisational boundaries and navigate political complexity to make things happen. An experienced and talented individual who can add value to the breadth of experience already present throughout our strong, vibrant and forward thinking Board of Directors and Council of Governors. An inspirational person with a track record of encouraging and delivering impactful transformational change and improvement through collaboration and partnerships.

If you consider yourself to be a people person - able to inspire others and harness the talents of those around you through an approach which is naturally curious and encouraging of positive challenge, we would be keen to receive your application.

We are proud that our organisation is one of the most diverse in the NHS and understand the benefits this brings to the quality of services and effective decision making. We therefore actively encourage applications that will assist us in maintaining that diversity.

For further information, click on the Apply button below and to discuss the roles and your suitability, call Melanie Shearer  or Jim Canning of Gatenby Sanderson on 07785 616 548 or 07384 113 158

  • Closing date:               31 January 2021  
  • Final Interviews:          4 March 2021

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
31st January, 2021

Preliminary Interviews
w/c 15th February

Final Panel Interviews
4th March 2021

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.


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Melanie Shearer: 07785 616 548
Jim Canning: 020 7426 3985