Clinical Non-Executive Director

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


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  • Salary/Remuneration

    £13,000 subject to review

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  • Expiry date

    08 February 2021

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    Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH) have been working in partnership with a shared leadership team for nearly four years and are planning to merger in April 2021. Our vision (Excellent care, every time - "Where better never stops") is at the heart of all that that we do - we pride ourselves in putting the compassionate care of patients first and foremost. WSHT became the first non-specialist acute hospital trust to be awarded Outstanding in all the CQC’s key inspection areas and BSUH became the fastest improving acute hospital trust in England and is now rated Good overall and Outstanding for caring by the CQC. Moving forwards together, the ambition is to continue improving and providing excellent care, every time, for patients.

The merger is a technical but important process for both WSHT and BSUH to get the right leadership, structures, and governance in place. Our journey has started, but we have much still to learn as we work towards full merger, enabled by our Patient First ethos which shapes our values and gives structure to our improvement and performance management. Our shared sense of purpose, commitment to investing in and developing our workforce; and focus on the continuous improvement pursuit of excellent care, every time, for our patients underpins all that we do. 

We are excited about the opportunities the merger of these two ambitious, passionate Trusts will present, not least in enabling clinical services to be arranged in a very different way across Sussex. Together our aim is to be the best place to receive healthcare and the best place to work. We share a commitment to the people and communities of Sussex; and to working together to serve them. 

As part of the development of our Board, we are now seeking an experienced and talented individual who can bring current or previous professional expertise gained within an acute setting as a Nurse, Doctor or AHP and a passion for quality, safety and quality improvement. We’re looking for someone who brings strategic level expertise as well as a pursuit of perfection through natural curiosity, a focus on process and quality assurance at source. Sound judgement and a clear understanding of governance together with the ability to engage, listen and build relationships with other key stakeholders both internally and externally will be key. Above all else we are seeking a genuine commitment to supporting the realisation of our future and the future of the people we serve.   

For more information contact Melanie Shearer or David Heaton at GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6094 or by email to

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday 25th January 2021

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson via MS Teams
10th & 11th February 2021

Final panel
w/c 22nd February 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, completed fit and proper person form, 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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David Heaton: 0113 205 6094