Executive Recruitment
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£60,000; Time Commitment: Minimum 3 days per week
Closing date:
9th September
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Monday 9th September 2019
Long List
Thursday 12th September 2019
Preliminary Interview
17th, 18th & 19th September 2019
Short Listing
Friday 27th September 2019
w/c 30th September & 7th October 2019
Final Panel
w/c 14th October 2019

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“Everything we do is to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve, and to promote mental health and wellbeing for all.”

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) operates across more than 90 sites in South London, providing not only core mental health services to its four local boroughs, but over 50 specialist mental health services nationwide. Part of the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, they work closely in partnership with a variety of organisations across London, including King’s Health Partners and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

The Trust was recently rated as “Good” by the CQC, and has over 4,800 staff working at the cutting edge of mental health delivery. Having just refreshed its “Changing Lives” five-year strategy, the Trust is finding new and innovative ways to deliver care, such as the development of the Lambeth Alliance and One Croydon Alliance.

The Trust is now looking to appoint a high calibre Chair to lead the Board and the Council of Governors. Partnerships are a key aspect of the Trust’s success, and it needs a Chair who understands how best to collaborate, and the needs of service users and patients. Continually improving quality in a financially challenged local health and care system is no easy task, but the role offers the opportunity to lead the largest mental health provider in the country as it embarks on the next stage of its transformational journey.

The role requires exceptional Board-level leadership skills from a similarly large and complex environment - irrespective of sector – and you will need to have a passion for quality and excellence to match that of SLaM’s dedicated workforce. With excellent communication and interpersonal skills, you will be accustomed to a high level of accountability as a non-executive director, with the understanding of how best to manage a Board to achieve its maximum potential. Politically astute, you will be experienced in building and developing relationships and partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, understanding how best to navigate a complex network of competing interests to get the best outcomes for patients and service users.  

If you believe you share SLaM’s values and vision, and have the experience, skills and knowledge required, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Melanie Shearer
07785 616 548
Julia St Clare
0203 854 2203
Serena Dobson
07530 627120
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