I’m delighted that you are considering applying to join us at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. Being part of an organisation that changes lives provides real purpose, and it is an exciting time to be joining both the NHS and our health and social care system in Kent & Medway.

Integration and collaboration are at the heart of the transformation of the NHS and the way it works within its regions. We will have one strategic commissioner determining priorities for the whole of Kent and Medway, supported by four Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) and 42 Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Together this will ensure both a system wide approach where things can be standardised and aligned around the priorities set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, and cross organisational working which has local population needs and our patients at the heart of decision making.

In addition to this wider strategic change, we are finalising our own organisational strategy for the next five years, which will ensure we play our part in the new ways of working in a way which best benefits the mental health needs of the people of Kent and Medway now and in the future. As an organisation with a strong Good CQC rating, with an overall Outstanding for Caring, we are ambitious and keen to deliver a consistently outstanding service across all 66 sites and 1,500 square miles for the 1.8 million people in Kent and Medway.

What drives all of us is our ambition to provide ‘Brilliant Care through Brilliant People’. The Board is the most senior leadership body in the organisation and so we also need brilliant people who can role model our culture and values and provide the right balance of support and challenge to our talented Executive team so they, and the Board, can be the best version of themselves. I’m a great believer in how we go about our work being the performance differentiator for what we do, and so your attitude and approach to supporting the development of an organisation is important to me.

In addition to the national Non-Executive Director job description you will find in this pack, I am keen that we attract people who will thrive on what I see as the three pillars of being a Non-Executive in our team:

  • The ability to shape strategy, monitor its execution, and play an active part in our system Boards; representing our Trust and role modelling the collaboration and partnership working approaches we need to succeed in driving improvements for our patients
  • The ability to provide the right balance of support and challenge in exercising our operational assurance responsibilities through our governance structures – Board and Committees – and bring new approaches and best practice insights as to how we do this in our Trust
  • The desire and commitment to the leadership and ambassadorial responsibilities of being a Board member, spending time with our staff, our services and our service users to better understand and demonstrate our commitment to our purpose.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Best wishes

Julie Nerney, Trust Chair