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Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and in this exciting opportunity to join us as our new Chair.

We are a values-driven organisation specialising in the provision of Mental Health, Substance Misuse, wider specialist services such as eating disorders, as well as Children’s Universal and Learning Disability services across the county. We are also a central partner in Derbyshire’s Integrated Care System ‘Joined up Care Derbyshire’ working to provide the best care and services as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

The impact of Covid-19 makes this is a very challenging time for the NHS and significantly so for this Trust in the aftermath of the pandemic as we seek to support those with mental health conditions.

As a Council of Governors and as individual Governors of this Foundation Trust we are committed to supporting the organisation in their Vision and Values in making a positive difference to people's lives by improving health and well-being. It is an important part of our responsibilities as Governors to appoint the Trust's new Chair who will lead both the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors. We look forward to continuing our work with our new Chair and the Board to embrace change and ensure we remain future focused.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead our talented Board and our dedicated Council of Governors at a critical time for our population’s health and well-being.  We are seeking an inclusive leader with experience at Board level in complex, person-centred organisations.  You will bring a clear vision and passion for our communities and for the importance of high-quality mental health and learning disabilities services.  You will be supportive and resilient, able to bring balance and focus to discussions with the emotional intelligence to build effective relationships both internally and externally. With strong personal insight you will constantly seek improvement for yourself and others; creating a safe and open environment where everyone feels confident in sharing their views.  There will be difficult decisions to make and as Chair you will have the insight and judgement to prioritise effectively and ensure that our ‘people first’ value remains at the heart of the way we run our Trust.

We warmly welcome applications from members of our vibrant and diverse communities. We have an inclusive culture, active staff networks and a commitment to equality and diversity at every level. We are looking for a Chair who will champion inclusion at an organisational, system and national level as we grow as a culturally intelligent organisation.

I hope you are interested to hear more about this unique opportunity to directly impact on reducing health inequalities and to lead an inclusive Board who value diversity and difference.  Please enjoy finding out more about us on this site and I encourage you to contact our recruitment partners at GatenbySanderson to discuss your interest further; Julia St-Clare or Emma Pickup on 07807 631 564.

I look forward to meeting you during the process.

Lynda Langley
Lead Governor on behalf of the Council of Governors

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