The Joint Chair role is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of local services by sharing your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to our communities while also influencing national NHS policy. This includes developing a leadership within the Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and emerging provider collaboratives balanced with a strong focus on our localities and  boroughs and will be achieved whilst continuing to provide outstanding person-centred and safe care to all our service users and patients.

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) provide a wide range of mental health, community health, primary care, wellbeing and inpatient services across London, Essex, Kent, Medway, Luton and Bedfordshire as well as some specialist services to wider communities.

The two Trusts already have a history of working in partnership and collaboration, and the Joint Chair role is designed to build on these foundations. Both will remain as separate statutory bodies and as the Chair of each individual Trust, the role has responsibility to lead both Boards of Directors and Councils of Governors,  delivering the long-term vision and strategy of each organisation.

By helping the two Trusts to harness each others’ strengths and foster a culture of mutual learning and innovation, the role offers the opportunity to make a real impact within the communities they serve. In addition, the Joint Chair will have a key role in engaging with our wider systems, working across the places and communities in our ICSs and place-based systems to drive collaboration and partnership to improve outcomes for those we serve.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Embodies both Trusts’ values and is aligned to our ethos of respect, engagement, people participation, co-production, inclusion, continuous development and quality improvement
  • Will be a visible, authentic and accessible leader; a people person with a genuine commitment to building and nurturing an organisational culture that celebrates compassionate care, embraces diversity and operates at all levels in a way that is transparent, respectful and inclusive
  • Will be a dynamic leader who is ambitious for our two organisations and who will be committed to deliver the best possible outcomes for our communities, has a passion for combatting health inequalities, and has the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders. 

We know that diversity is under-represented in Chair and Non-Executive Director roles.  We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all. Our appointments are made on merit.  We actively encourage and welcome applications from women, people from local black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, older people, people with disabilities/long term health conditions, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people from all protected characteristics.

Sharing your talents and expertise, you can help shape the future of our mental health, learning disability and autism services as well as community health services, making a positive difference to the health of the people we serve. This is an exciting time to be part of our journey.

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