Non-Executive Director (Social Care)

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Health, Social Care

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £13,303 RDE / £13,000 NDHT

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    12 April 2021

  • Client

    Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Ref: GSe71275

Employing over 9000 staff and serving a core population of more than 450,000, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides integrated health and care services in Exeter and across East and Mid-Devon.  We have a long and proud history dating back over 250 years.  Rated as Good by the CQC; and designated as outstanding in a number of areas, we are committed to providing the best care possible for our patients and local communities.  Our Foundation Trust status means that we are directly accountable to local citizens through our Members and Governors, thus enabling us to connect more closely to the people and communities we serve and respond effectively to local needs.  Further afield, the Trust is an internationally recognised provider of high quality healthcare services, innovation, research and education. 

We have long supported the delivery of acute services in Northern Devon, an arrangement which was strengthened as part of a collaborative agreement between the Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) in 2018.  The two organisations are now exploring a more formal joining together, a proposal supported by NHS regulators. 

We are now seeking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors able to bring key skills and expertise which will help develop meaningful decision making and strategy across both RD&E and NDHT. We are looking for individuals who are able to support us against a context of ever increasing demands, a changing healthcare landscape and the challenges and long term implications of the pandemic. Whilst one successful candidate will initially sit on both the RD&E and NDHT’s board, the other will be solely appointed to the RD&E’s board until the organisations’ futures are decided. Both appointments will be for three years initially and will be essential to shaping the future of healthcare across Devon.

We are looking for two exceptional individuals – one with a clinical background (whether medical, nursing or AHP) and one with a social care or local authority background. Candidates will bring experience of operating at senior and strategic level. Flexible in approach with an ability to engage and inspire a breadth of stakeholders around continuous improvement, candidates will have a high level of commitment to patients and the wider community.  Above all, candidates will be driven by personal values aligned to our own and will have the vision, independence of judgement and commitment to support us to deliver the highest quality healthcare possible to the people of Devon.

For further information, click on the following link or for a confidential conversation please contact Melanie Shearer on 07785 616548.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday 29th March 2021

Preliminary interviews
12th, 13th and 14th April 2021

Final panel
w/c 3rd May 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.


  1. NED Supporting Information Mar 21.pdf
  2. Fit_and_Proper_Person_Declaration - Non Exec.docx
  3. NED Information Pack Mar 21.pdf