Terms and conditions of appointment
Eligibility – Preference will usually be given to candidates who live in, or have strong connections with the area served by the trust. We will accept applications from those with the appropriate experience living in the surrounding areas.
The level of remuneration paid to the chairs and non-executive directors is set by the Secretary of State for Health.
All NHS trusts are allocated to one of three remuneration bands, dependent on their turnover. The current rates of remuneration payable to chairs and non-executive directors increased by 1% from 1 April 2013 and are set out below:
Band 1 Chairs £23,600
Band 2 Chairs £21,105
Band 3 Chairs £18,621
NHS Trust NEDs £6,157
These are the standard rates except where the Secretary of State has agreed an exceptional rate.
In the event of the NHS Trust achieving Foundation Trust status, the level of remuneration may be reviewed (NHS Foundation Trust Non-Executive Directors typically receive £10,000 – £14,000 per annum).
All remuneration is taxable under Schedule E and subject to Class 1 NI contributions but it is not pensionable. Non-executive board members are also eligible to claim allowance for travel and subsistence costs incurred necessarily on NHS business in line with rates set centrally within the Department of Health.
Impact of appointment on people in receipt of benefits – Your appointment may affect your entitlement to benefits. This will depend on individual circumstances and the type of benefit received. Advice should be sought from the Department that pays the benefit.
Time commitment – These are part time roles and you will have considerable flexibility to decide how you spend your time, including some evening engagements and preparation time away from the trust. We estimate that as a minimum the role of chair requires 3 days a week and that of the non-executive director requires 2.5 days a month. This may increase during significant periods such as the NHS Foundation Trust application process or visits from the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.
Period of appointment – Initial appointments will be for a period of 2 years, with a view to extending subject to the needs of the organisation and a good performance.
These posts are public appointments and not jobs and are therefore not subject to the provisions of employment law.
Standards in public life – You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct. PSA-standards-for-board-members
You should note particularly the requirement to declare any conflict of interest that arises in the course of board business and the need to declare any relevant business interests, positions of authority or other connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies. These will be published in the organisation’s annual report with details of all board members’ remuneration from NHS sources. Candidates must also demonstrate that they understand the standards of probity required by public appointees outlined in the “Seven Principles of Public Life”
Disqualification for appointment
Not everybody is eligible to be appointed to an NHS Trust. The following people are disqualified from appointment as a non-executive director:
Employees of NHS Trust with the vacancy.
- serving MPs – including MEPs and candidates for election as MP or MEP.
- other circumstances
- People who have received a prison sentence or suspended sentence of 3 months or more in the last 5 years;
- People who are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order;
- Anyone who has been dismissed (except by redundancy) by any NHS body;
- In certain circumstances, those who have had an earlier term of appointment terminated;
- Anyone who is under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
- Anyone who has been removed from trusteeship of a charity;
- In most circumstances, Civil Servants within the Department of Health, or members/employees of the Care Quality Commission
- If you are a chair or member of the governing body of a clinical commissioning group – or an employee of such group
The above disqualification criteria, also applies to those appointed to Chair posts with the addition of:
- People who perform or provide primary dental services, primary medical services or primary ophthalmic services under the National Health Service Act 2006;
- People who are partners or are in a partnership, or are legal and beneficial owners of shares in a company that, or a director of a body corporate that provides primary dental services, primary medical services or primary ophthalmic services;
- Employees of any of the above