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Community and mental health services for Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.


Non-Executive Director vacancy


Established in 2011, Solent NHS Trust is a leading provider of community and mental health services, with a top performing and award winning Academy of Research and Improvement. Our ambitious vision is to provide Great Care, create a Great Place to Work and provide Great Value for Money.
Over 5000 talented people at the Heart of Solent share an ambitious vision to keep more people healthy, safe and independent at, or close to, home. 
Rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, with ‘Outstanding’ in caring, Solent NHS Trust has a strong learning and improvement culture and is striving to be an ‘Outstanding’ organisation. The Trust’s clear and ambitious vision and the active role they take in joining up, and shaping, future care were cited by the CQC inspection team as examples of ‘outstanding’ practice. 
Solent NHS Trust really is a great place to work. Our response rate for our 2019 staff survey was the highest we have ever achieved at 63%, which is a 4% increase from the previous year. The results showed that we are amongst the best when compared with other combined community and mental health/learning trusts and Listening in Action, who independently evaluate all Trust results, placed Solent 8th nationally.

Our results also show that we are strong in some very important areas. They demonstrate that our workplace gives people the freedom and confidence to speak up, which has an impact on the quality of care we provide. In 2019, we were recognised by NHS England’s Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens, for our positive speaking up culture following the publication of the National Guardian’s Office national Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) Index report. This confirmed Solent as the best performing combined mental health, learning disability and community trust in the country. The Trust also had the second highest FTSU index score nationally. In 2020, we received this accolade for the second year in a row.

Inclusion and diversity remains a top priority for us as an organisation; developing a culture where everyone counts. Our survey results also showed that we are the best performing organisation of our type, nationally, within this area. We continue to act on what our employees tell us to ensure we are realising our strategic priority of making Solent a great place to work.

We are immensely proud that despite 2019/20 being financially challenging for the whole NHS family, we were able to achieve a small surplus and performed better than our set Control Total Target (a target set by our regulator) of breakeven. We have now positively exceeded our Control Total for the fifth year in a row by transforming and improving our services with surpluses recorded for the last three years.

Solent NHS Trust believe that the future is one of local, integrated services, working as a care system. The Board place great emphasis on working with other organisations in joining up, and shaping, future care and play an active role in the development of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System and in the development of the local integrated care partnerships.
You will need to be a values-driven leader and have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will also have:

  • Recent, relevant finance experience in a large and complex organisation with the capacity to Chair the Audit Committee, preferably, with a financial qualification
  • Experience of providing high levels of scrutiny, strong governance, risk management and strategic leadership would be advantageous

We are committed to building a diverse Board and would welcome perspectives from those who will complement our existing Board members.  Whilst some knowledge of the health and care sectors may be useful, we are keen to hear from applicants from all sectors who offer relevant audit and risk experience at board level in complex environments.

You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:

  • work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board
  • bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge
  • shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust


Closing date for applications is 11 November 2020 at 11am.

For further information and details of how to apply please see the NHS England Public Appointments


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Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
SO19 8BR

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Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

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0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

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