Thank you for your interest in the role of Joint Chair for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT).

As Joint Chair for two Trusts, which have declared an intention to work together more formally, you will be joining us at a pivotal moment in the history of both organisations. That is why both are looking for an inspirational, passionate and skilful person to become Joint Chair and help lead the organisations in the next step of their journey together.  

On behalf of my fellow Governors and as Lead Governor at the RD&E, it is my role to oversee the process for appointing a Joint Chair to represent the interests of the populations that both organisations serve across Eastern and Northern Devon, as below. The RD&E has been designated as the host employer of the Joint Chair role because of the duties and responsibilities placed on the Council of Governors of an NHS Foundation Trust.  

The Joint Chair will lead both organisations through this new partnership enabling both Trusts to harness the strengths of each other and share resources, innovation and leadership for the benefit of the populations of Eastern and Northern Devon. While the RD&E and NDHT have different histories and cultures, both organisations are values-driven and have truly incredible and passionate staff who work together in teams to deliver high quality, safe acute and community care when people need it. At the same time, both organisations understand the need to make fundamental changes to the way in which health and care are delivered in response to increased demand for services, serving a remote and rural population and continually driving ourselves to deliver safe and high quality care more effectively and efficiently.

This involves better enabling people to live healthier lives, developing new service models in which patients get more options, better support, and joined-up care at the right time in the best care setting. This helps to nurture strong communities that are able to support each other. In the midst of these challenges, there are also remarkable opportunities to forge a new approach to providing health and care to the population of Eastern and Northern Devon that builds on the best of both organisations.

Both Trusts have a shared ambition to transform local health and care systems, working in partnership to connect people, services, communities and voluntary groups to meet the needs of the communities both the RD&E and NDHT serve. In doing so both will continue to provide safe, high quality services with courtesy and respect.

Moreover, it is essential that we work in partnership with health and care colleagues across Devon to develop a joined-up approach to transforming the way that health and care is delivered in the county. You will read more about how the RD&E and NDHT work with the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) later in this pack.

Both organisations know that to make the most of the opportunities ahead and to meet the challenges they both face, there is a need to recruit a truly exceptional and politically astute Chair who is passionate about serving the interests of the public and patient care, that has the fortitude and skills to manage complexity and demonstrable experience of partnership working, and who is able to effectively steer the organisations in a way that achieves this shared vision. The successful candidate will be a visible, authentic and accessible leader with a genuine commitment to building and nurturing an organisational culture that celebrates diversity and operates at all levels in a way that is truly transparent, respectful and inclusive.

This is an exciting time to be part of our journey together. If you would like to have a confidential discussion and hear more about this fantastic opportunity, please contact Rhiannon Smith at our recruitment partners, Hunter Healthcare, on 020 7935 4570. We look forward to hearing from you.