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20 November 2007 at 17:06
Do you have determination and vision and want to influence hospital services in Southport and Ormskirk?

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is looking for a Non-executive Director to join its Board and is searching for an exceptional person to fill the roll. As a member of the Board, you will join a team of Executive and Non-executive directors driving forward innovation, development and improvement in local hospital services.

The Trust has an annual budget of around £130m for hospital services commissioned by Sefton and Central Lancashire PCTs. The Trust has a catchment population of some 260,000 from Southport & Formby, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale and surrounding areas within West Lancashire, and we provide services from Ormskirk and District General Hospital and Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

We aim to provide safe, clean and friendly care. From 2001-2006 the Trust has had the lowest rate and second lowest number of MRSA cases for all general acute trusts. We are one of only 11 hospitals with the highest award for clinical safety and we have been a Top 40 Hospital since 2002. We have many purpose-built buildings including a women and children's unit at Ormskirk opened in Autumn 2004. We currently see around 55,500 new outpatients and around 47,000 inpatients in a year

Sir Ron Watson, Chairman of Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is an active, innovative organisation and we are looking for a forward-thinking person who can help us move towards Foundation Trust status over the next year or so.

“The person may have had senior-level experience in finance, governance or in the commercial, voluntary or community sectors. Alternatively they may have a specific expertise relating to the work of the Trust such as consumer/customer focus, patient advocacy, market management, organisational development, HR or legal expertise.

“As a Non-executive Director, they will play a key role in shaping the future of the Trust, ensuring it delivers effective, efficient and high-quality care for local people. It is a demanding role that requires real commitment but the successful candidate will help to influence strategy and have a strong role in questioning the Trust as to how we can do better.”

Non-executive directors are paid £5,875 a year and are expected to give at least two and a half days a month. The appointment will last for up to four years.

In the interests of geographical balance on the Board, the Trust would especially like to hear from candidates living in the Southport/Formby areas.

Applications for the appointment must be made through the NHS Appointments Commission via their website at or or by phone on 0870 240 3802, quoting reference NW7875. The closing date for applications is 14 December 2007. 


Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714