Five Board Level Jobs Available in Huge Mental Health Trust

The largest mental health and community services trust in Britain has been forced to advertise for 5 board level jobs.

Southern Health Foundation Trust has faced a raft of resignations which have necessitated this move.

The trust has struggled with both care scandals and corporate governance problems over the last few years.

Consequently, five non-executives resigned from the trust in March, with former chair Tim Smart leaving in September.

Alan Jason has been serving as an interim chief executive, but is due to step down in July.

The trust has also had an interim chief executive, Julie Dawes, director of nursing and quality, since Katrina Percy resigned last August.

Southern Health Foundation Trust has been plagued with difficulties since the death of Connor Sparrowhawk.

The 18 year-old had drowned after an epileptic seizure at Slade House, in Headington, Oxfordshire, in July 2013.

And a report in December 2015 found that mistakes at the trust had led to this avoidable death.

Following on from this verdict, the Care Quality Commission has already announced that it will prosecute the NHS trust over his alleged failure to provide safe care.

This is a unique prosecution, and the first of its kind in the NHS.

The job description for the chair stated that the candidate “must ensure high standards of probity and governance and that the trust complies with its enforcement action, its constitution and statutory obligations at all times”.

Successful candidates will be expected to work for 2 to 3 days each week.

Meanwhile, the non-executive directors will be “responsible for providing appropriate oversight, governance and leadership to the trust in pursuit of its strategies to provide effective and high quality healthcare services”.

They will be expected to devote three to four days per month to the job.

Applications for the chair close on 28th April and the other non-executives on 11th May.

Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was renamed in 2011 Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust shortly after its acquisition of Hampshire Primary Care Trust’s community healthcare and hospital services, which had previously operated within the PCT under the name Hampshire Community Health Care.


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