South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire or Hampshire

  • Location

    Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire or Hampshire

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £44,000 per annum. Time commitment - average 4 days per week

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    08 November 2021

  • Client

    South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Ref: GSe78864






South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of emergency, urgent care and non-emergency healthcare services, along with commercial logistics services.

The Trust delivers most of these services to the populations of the South Central region – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire – as well as non-emergency patient transport services in Surrey and Sussex, and a dental service (accessed via NHS 111) in parts of Dorset.

It is safe to say that the last year was one of the most difficult ever for the ambulance service, the NHS and the country as a whole. This past year has seen our services in 999, NHS 111, Patient Transport Services (PTS) and Clinical Coordination Centres (CCCs) respond very well to a set of challenges we have never seen before.

The pandemic also saw SCAS take a significant role in establishing eight national services on behalf of NHS England including a dedicated arm of NHS 111 made up of GPs, nurses and pharmacists to help manage the needs of patients with COVID symptoms and the National Booking Service for COVID vaccination.

We have got an exciting and challenging agenda ahead of us; one focused on delivering exceptional services to a diverse and dispersed population as well as overseas. Despite the challenges of the pandemic we launched a healthcare consultancy initiative in India last year in partnership with the Aurobindo Pharma Foundation (APF) to improve healthcare provision and ambulance services in the country and supported the country’s response to COVID-19. This is a model on which we hope to build and introduce similar partnerships in the coming years.

To achieve our aims, we need a diverse and talented board with a range of skills and experience, which effectively reflect and represent the stakeholders and context within which we operate.

We are seeking a Chair who can add genuine value to our Board - in particular, we are keen to speak with individuals who bring experience gained within, and an understanding of, the wider public service and voluntary sector environments - those who understand the complexity of working with multiple partners and stakeholders and a track record of operating at Board level. 

Above all else, as an organisation whose values drive all that we do, it is imperative that these are consistently and visibly lived at Board level, and that our Board Members perform their duties in a manner consistent with these.  We are looking for an individual with the credibility to challenge constructively, work collaboratively and help us maintain effective stewardship and governance to ensure we truly are fit for the future.

For a confidential discussion contact Carmel Bell ( or Melanie Shearer (07785 616548) of GatenbySanderson or click on the button below for more information and to apply.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Monday 8th November 2021 (5pm)

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
17th and 18th November 2021

First Stage Interview
w/c 29th November 2021

Second Stage Interview
10th December 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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