Chief Executive

The post is notionally based at Trust head office but the post holder will be equipped and expected to work agilely across the whole of the organisation

The Deputy Chief Executive is one of the executive directors of the Board, sharing collective responsibility and accountability with all directors for strategic planning, corporate policy-making, the delivery of strategic objectives and Trust performance, including meeting the ongoing Terms of Authorisation as an NHS Foundation Trust and operating in accordance with the compliance regimes established by NHSE and all NHS Regulatory bodies. The post holder is expected to fulfil his/her statutory responsibilities, including Mental Health Act compliance, as a Board member he/she advises the Trust Board and Board of Governors, as appropriate, on matters relating to the operational delivery of services across NELFT within the post’s remit, working with the Chair, the Chief Executive and other directors.

The purpose of the role is to deputise for the Chief Executive in their absence as well as for specific tasks and defined meetings. They will lead on and coordinate all aspects of the Trust’s response and defence of the Corporate Manslaughter Charges issued against NELFT in September 2023.

This will include leading the legal team on the presentation of the case, management of external relationships with regulators and the Crown Prosecution Service and ensuring the health and wellbeing of all members of staff involved in the case. Via the Director of Estates they will have executive responsibility for all matters relating to Estates and Facilities.
The Deputy Chief Executive will pro-actively promote and embed a fair, compassionate and just culture of diversity, equality, inclusion and human rights amongst all of the elements of the organisation within the post’s remit and more widely amongst all Trust staff; role-model appropriate behaviour, treating staff, patients and service users with dignity, fairness, equality, respect and autonomy; and work to ensure that the operational leadership of NELFT reflects the diversity of the communities that the Trust serves.