Joint Chair - East London NHS Foundation Trust and North East London NHS Foundation Trust

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East London NHS Foundation Trust / North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Competitive Remuneration
Closing date:
3rd October
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
10am Monday 3rd October 2022
Preliminary interviews
w/c Monday 10th October 2022
Stakeholder Sessions
Tuesday 1st November 2022
Final Panel Interviews
Thursday 3rd November 2022

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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 emerging Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and 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 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, in delivering the long-term vision and strategy of each organisation.

By helping the two Trusts to harness each other’s 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 value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that the best Boards are those that reflect the workforce and communities they serve. We particularly welcome applications from women, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and people with disabilities, who we know are all under-represented in Chair and Non-Executive roles.

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.

For more information please click, or for a confidential discussion about this position, please contact Joanna Riley (07807 624 332) / or Melanie Shearer (07785 616548 /


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