Challenges and Opportunities
The Trust Board seeks to set the very highest standards, expectations and ambitions for everyone who works in the organisation, and are incredibly proud of its staff for the way they go about their work every single day. Our success is founded on living up to our values every day, placing the patient's needs at the centre of everything we do, and committing to ensure that all our staff are involved in the delivery, design and development of services they are proud of and trusted by our community to deliver.
Our organisation has changed significantly in the last few years. We have embraced the challenge to deliver community services across some localities in North Yorkshire and eight years ago Scarborough Trust and the Foundation Trust in York merged. We actively support the development of our staff through a variety of development opportunities.
Non-Executive appointments are made by The Council of Governors.
The current Chair, Sue Symington, has been in the role since April 2015, having previously served at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust as a Non-Executive Director.
Sue is one of 8 Non-Executive Directors on the Trust Board’s Board of Directors. The Non-Executive Team includes representatives from across our geography and across professional disciplines: including an accountant, clinicians, an academic and broad business expertise. In this recruitment campaign the Council of Governors seek to appoint a qualified accountant with business experience to support the Audit Chair and Audit Committee and to maintain an appropriate skills mix on the Board.
This recruitment comes at a time of very significant challenge for the NHS. Our Trust manages a complexity of services and infrastructure that few others can claim, in a part of the country where the community demographics are diverse and rapidly-changing. It's hard work, it's exciting and most definitely rewarding.
The Chair, Sue Symington says:
"Never has the quality of the board of a Foundation Trust been so important.
These are the very best and the very worst of times for the NHS.
The very best of times because the NHS has demonstrated over the last 6 months its extraordinary capability to deliver services to patients when their need is greatest and to do this in a way which is caring, compassionate and effective. At our trust we have a relatively new Chief Executive, Simon Morritt, who brings ambition and energy to our Trust. The board is significantly refreshed with the widest and strongest skills set, and is poised, working with partners, to shape future health services for patients in North Yorkshire.
The very worst of times because our world is filled with uncertainty and ambiguity. The next stages of the pandemic are unclear, waiting lists are challenging as much day-to-day activity was necessarily suspended during the first peak of the pandemic, the impact of the pandemic and trust finances has not yet been revealed and the pressures which have long beset the NHS, remain.
York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation has sought to build the strongest of boards. We will achieve this by creating a board of diverse thought, diverse backgrounds and diverse experience, who bring their collective skills together, in the board setting, for the sustainable development of health services in our region. Our board is already very strong and you will be adding to its capacity and capability.
We are seeking to recruit a second accountant, preferably with commercial/business experience, to our non-executive team and unitary board, to provide support for Jenny McAleese, our Audit Chair, and to maintain a broad skill mix at the Board table.
Our trust is ambitious for its patients and their families, for its staff and for the wider geography embodied in the emerging Integrated Care System. There has never been a better time for an individual who has a sharp intellect, a desire to see an enduring and sustainable NHS, and a robust, resilient approach to working life to join our Board!"