Applying for a post through NHS Improvement

Applying for a post through NHS Improvement

We ensure that all appointments of chairs and non-executives to NHS Trust boards throughout England are made in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all candidates.

Equality of opportunity – We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that for any organisation to be successful, it needs to work with the most talented and diverse people available. We positively encourage applications from people from all sections of the community, from all backgrounds and with a broad range of experience. We particularly welcome applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles. We undertake that your application will be dealt with fairly and that all decisions we make about it will be based on merit and your ability to meet the person specification.

How to apply

If you wish to be considered for this role you will be asked to provide:

  • A CV that includes your address and contact details. Please also highlight and explain any gaps in your employment history.
  • A covering letter that highlights your motivation for the role and how your experience matches the person specification
  • The names, positions, organisations and contact details for three referees. Your referees should be individuals in a line management capacity, and cover your most recent employer, any regulated health or social care activity or where roles involved children or vulnerable adults. Your references may be taken prior to interview and may be shared with the selection panel
  • You will also be invited to complete and return a monitoring information form
  • Tell us about any dates when you will not be available

Completed applications should be emailed to NHS Improvement must receive your information by the closing date for applications. Late applications will not generally be accepted.

How we will handle your application – We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all candidates with courtesy:

  • You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application by email
  • Your covering letter and CV will be assessed to see whether you have demonstrated the expertise required at the appropriate level for the post. We will rely on the information you provide on your application form and CV
  • It is likely that they will be long-listed before they are passed to the selection panel for consideration. You should be aware that in this situation, your application might not be considered in full by all panel members
  • In some cases the trust will employ search consultants and long listed candidates may be invited to a preliminary interview. If this is the case, we will share your application form with the search consultants. Feedback from preliminary interviews will be given to the panel who will decide which candidates will be invited for the final panel interview
  • The panel will decide which candidates will be invited for interview
  • We will let you know whether or not you will be offered an interview. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to provide feedback to individuals not shortlisted for interview
  • If invited to interview, the panel will also ask you questions about your skills and experience and how you would apply them to this role. The questions will also enable you to demonstrate the board level behaviours required for the role
  • Where a candidate is unable to attend an interview on the set date, an alternative date will only be offered at the discretion of the panel
  • After the interviews, the panel will identify and rank the appointable candidates and the panel chair will submit a report to NHSI Improvement Appointment Committee. The Committee will consider the panel chair’s report and make the final decision on the appointment
  • You will be notified of the outcome of your application

Dealing with your concerns – The role of the Commissioner for Public Appointments is to regulate Ministerial appointments to the boards of public bodies and statutory office to ensure that they are made on the basis of merit after a fair and open process.

The NHS Improvement public appointments processes are conducted in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice. More information about the role of the Commissioner and his Code of Practice is available from

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Commissioner’s Code of Practice and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact us in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from NHS Improvement, you can contact the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Further details on the Commissioner’s complaints procedure can be found at

Your personal informationYour personal information will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  You will not receive unsolicited paper or electronic mail as a result of sending us any personal information.  No personal information will be passed on to third parties for commercial purposes. When we ask you for personal information, we promise we will:

  • only ask for what we need,  and not collect too much or irrelevant information
  • ensure you know why we need it
  • protect it and insofar as is possible, make sure nobody has access to it who shouldn’t
  • ensure you know what choice you have about giving us information
  • make sure we don’t keep it longer than necessary
  • only use your information for the purposes you have authorised

We ask that you:

  • give us accurate information
  • tell us as soon as possible of any changes
  • tell us as soon as possible if you notice mistakes in the information we hold about you

If you apply for a post, we will share some of the information you provide with the members of the selection panel for the post to which you apply, so that your application form and CV can be assessed. The monitoring information you provide is not used in the selection process and will not be shared with the selection panel assessing your application. If you are successful and are appointed to an NHS Trust we will also share some of your information with relevant individuals at the organisation concerned.

NHS Improvement is required by the Commissioner for Public Appointments to retain information about the people who apply for public appointments within his remit, and make this information available to him for audit purposes, if requested to do so.  Information you provide in your application may therefore be made available to the Commissioner and his auditors on a confidential basis in order to help fulfil the Commissioner’s formal complaints investigation role and for audit purposes.

Information management – Information that you provide may be used for statistical analysis by NHS Improvement but it will not be used in a way that enables you to be identified. In relation to the information we collect:

  • If you submit an application form, your form and any supporting documentation will be retained for up to two years  after the closing date for applications
  • Any other information relating to an application held electronically, which includes your contact details and monitoring information  you provided, will be held for up to 2 years after the closing date for applications

If at any time you wish your personal information to be removed from our records please contact NHS Improvement.

NHS Improvement is committed to equality and diversity and actively encourages people from all sections of the community to consider applying for public appointments.  We are also committed to protecting all of the personal and sensitive information we hold and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that it is protected against unauthorised access, use, modification, disclosure or loss.  NHS Improvement recognises its particular obligations under Section 22 of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and has set out a robust framework for ensuring that these obligations are met, click here for more information



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