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Right Arrow Trustís search for non-executive finance specialist
17 April 2012 at 16:48
A hospital trust is recruiting a new non-executive director as it moves towards becoming a foundation trust.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust aims to become a foundation trust in year’s time and is currently asking local people for their views on how it should be run.

Potential candidates for the non-executive role should have a strong background in finance, gained in either the private or public sectors, and be ready to chair the Trust’s audit committee.

The successful candidate will succeed Helen Thompson who is leaving the Trust after 4½ years’ service as a non-executive.

Non-executive directors share responsibility with other directors for the strategic direction of the Trust and duties of the board. They have, however, a specific contribution to make in bringing an external perspective to the board’s consideration, and being able to question and challenge the executive directors from a position of independence and detachment.

The successful candidate will need to be able to show strategic vision and a portfolio of skills, including an ability to focus on the needs of patients and the community.

The remuneration for the post is currently £6,096 a year for a minimum of 2½ days per month, including some evening duties. The audit committee chair will need to devote additional time to these duties. As the Trust is an aspirant foundation trust, the time commitment for non-executives could be increased.

For more information, and to apply online, potential applicants should visit

The closing date for applications is 11am on 15 May 2012.

An informal and confidential discussion with the Trust chairman, Sir Ron Watson CBE, regarding the role may be requested by calling 01704 704781. This will play no part in the selection process.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,500 staff.

2. Foundation trusts have been around since 2004 and were created to put decision-making about health care into the hands of local people. They are run as membership organisations and members perform several important functions including:

• Influencing through greater involvement and ownership how health services the Trust is responsible for are run
• Contributing to developing new services or improving existing ones
• Becoming a Trust governor and working with the Board of Directors to deliver the very best in health care for local people

Visit our website for further information on the Trust’s application and an opportunity to comment on how the Trust should be run as a foundation trust.