Independent Chair

Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership

North West

  • Location

    North West

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £60,000 per annum for 2 - 3 days a week

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    05 July 2021

  • Client

    Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership

Ref: GSe75340






The Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership/ ICS covers a population of 2.6m people and is the third largest regional footprint of its kind in the country. Our Partnership includes 9 Local Authorities, 9 clinical commissioning groups, 18 NHS providers, and 9 place-based care systems including the voluntary sector, GP providers and wider primary care colleagues as well as faith, social enterprise and academic organisations.  We are working together to join up health and care services and listen to the priorities of our communities, local people and patients. We are committed to eliminating inequality in our populations by working collaboratively to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and the quality of their care, whilst addressing long-standing operational and financial sustainability challenges within our services. Our transformation is happening at both a system-wide programme level as well as at local place-based level and in communities.

We are looking to recruit an independent chair who can provide non-executive and independent leadership to the ICS.  The appointment of a new Chair comes at a critical time in our Partnership’s development. From April 2021 we received our designation as an ICS and subject to Parliamentary approval of the Act anticipate becoming a statutory body from April 2022. Unprecedented demand on our services alongside significant financial challenges means the need to work collaboratively and at pace to tackle health inequalities whilst delivering high quality care and positive patient outcomes is paramount. Having the right leadership and governance at the system level will be vital to ensuring the successful implementation of our ambitious strategy.

We are seeking a Chair who will be committed to delivering our vision; an experienced leader who will quickly gain credibility with our wide range of stakeholders. Bringing knowledge and understanding that will support the delivery of real transformational change in a complex and dynamic public sector environment, your track record of working across organisational boundaries will support your success in this high-profile position. With a strong national or regional reputation; you will be a politically astute and skilled ambassador with exceptional strategic influencing, communication and leadership skills. Brokering difficult decisions and articulating the advantages of engagement, empowerment and co-production; this is an influential position and a unique opportunity to provide system leadership to stakeholders who are passionate about addressing inequality and unlocking the potential of our region.

For a discussion about the role and your interest, please contact Richard Murphy, Emma Pickup or Michelle Shirley on 07393 013 067.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
9am on Monday 21st June 2021

Final Panel Interviews
Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th July 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. Memorandum of Understanding.pdf
  2. Strategy 2021-2025.pdf
  3. Fit_and_Proper_Person_Declaration - Non Exec.docx