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Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Associate Non-executive Director x2 and NExT Director

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Appointing Department
NHS Improvement
Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Number of Vacancies
Please refer to the information pack
Time Requirements
2 - 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  1. Competition Launched


  2. Closed for Applications

    01/03/2023 at 11:00

  3. Panel Sift


  4. Final Interview Date


  5. Announcement


This is not a ministerial appointment.

Vacancy Description

There is a vacancy for two Associate Non-executive Directors (ANED) and a NExT Director at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT). This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by the Trust.

The Associate NED role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession strategy and achieving a balance of Board level skills. Associate NEDs participate in all activities of the Trust Board as guided by the chairwoman but cannot participate in any formal vote. The successful candidate for the Associate role will be appointed by the Trust but may also be considered for appointment as a NED of the Board in future.  This is subject to a vacancy arising, subject to performance and having the appropriate skills.

As NExT Director you will feel part of the RCH leadership team and be invited and encouraged to take part in board discussions and in committee debate.  Please note this is a development opportunity and not an appointment or employment.  It does not entitle you to a position with RCHT or any other Trust at the end of your placement.

Applicants should live in the South West or have strong connections with Cornwall.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.  

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Person Specification

Essential criteria – Associate Non-executive Director x2

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services.  You will have senior level experience in one or more of the following:

  • Estates management experience
  • Digitalisation and IT experience gained at a strategic level
  • Commercial experience gained in a strong customer focused industry where quality is a priority
  • Communications/Marketing experience
  • Research experience with links with the local University

You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:

  • Work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board
  • Bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • Hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge Shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust 

All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership. 

As a future NHS leader, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board level role.  These are outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model

Essential criteria – NExT Director 

This specification describes the skills, experience and attributes that are required to be considered for this placement as a NExT Director with Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

The NHS is founded on principles and values that bind together the diverse communities and people it serves – patients and public – and the staff who work for it. 


You must demonstrate a clear commitment to the trust’s values and the NHS values and principles outlined in the NHS Constitution and the standards of public life by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

Core competencies

You will work alongside non-executive and executive board colleagues. We need diverse, inclusive and compassionate leaders who not only reflect the community we serve and the staff we employ but have the leadership style and breadth of perspective to make good collective decisions.  You will be able to demonstrate the ability to contribute confidently and effectively in the NHS provider non-executive director’s role. More information about the non-executive director role in the is available from NHS England. You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your senior level experience to:

  • bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • shape and support an inclusive, compassionate, person-centred culture for the trust, encouraging diversity, change and innovation using a collaborative and engaging leadership style
  • use personal knowledge and experience to hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge using strong analytical skills to review and interpret complex information to identify risks and evaluate options
  • achieve the best sustainable outcomes for patients and service users by encouraging continuous improvement, clinical excellence and value for money
  • balance organisational governance priorities with system collaboration; able to form alliances and work diplomatically across complex interfaces to prioritise population health in line with the NHS Long Term Plan

Lived experience

Personally, you will bring a range of professional expertise as well as community understanding and experience. We are interested in your life experience and personal motivation that will add valuable personal insights such as: a patient or carer of a service user; engaging with diverse ethnic, cultural, social and economic and cultural groups and communities; experience of gender and women’s issues; experiences and challenges of younger people; and those with lived experience of mental health issues and/or living with physical disability.

Additional criteria

You will also have:

  • the self-knowledge and appetite to drive your own learning and development, and the ability to engage with and add value to the work of the board and its sub committees
  • senior experience from private, public or voluntary sector with strong insight into the role and responsibilities of being a non-executive director in today’s NHS.
  • Specialist professional knowledge, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates with legal, community engagement, or voluntary and charity sectors.

Additional Information

Getting in touch

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Dr Mairi McLean, Chairwoman of the Trust. Please contact Hayley Corley, Personal Assistant to the Chairwoman on
  • NHS England – for general process enquiries contact Helen Barlow by emailing