Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is one of the most, if not the most, challenged health systems in England. However, the local health and care system has come together to develop a five-year Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) to work towards becoming an Accountable Care System (ACS).

We believe that only through working together to solve our significant system-wide problems, can we improve the health and care of the local population, secure operational sustainability and bring the system back into financial balance. The development of this plan has been led by Chief Executives, frontline staff, Primary Care and patients.

The System has in place strong, visible, collective leadership (through a Health and Care Executive, with clinical leadership provided by a Care Advisory Group (CAG)) and all organisations have agreed to work together, taking joint responsibility for improving the population’s health and wellbeing within a defined financial envelope.

Implementing the ACS requires a work programme that will:

In recognition of the scale and nature of local challenges, the members of the STP Board have determined that an Independent Chair is required to ensure implementation of the STP takes place at pace, with a major focus on system sustainability by working in partnership.

The Independent Chair is a crucial leadership role, holding the system to account for delivering positive changes at pace by – keeping the STP Board and HCE focussed on the task in hand; securing the support of Partners’ boards and staff; ensuring the public are well informed politicians supportive. This will include challenging entrenched and parochial views and differing priorities held by individual organisations, clinicians and other major stakeholders, to break a historic pattern of failing to translate good ideas into practice.

The Chair, together with the STP Accountable Officer (STP AO) and the Executive Programme Director, will also act as an ambassador of the system with key stakeholders and regulators, especially NHS England and NHS Improvement. Fulfilling this role requires a bold strategic leader who can guide the STP Board to develop their ACS vision and ensure delivery takes place at pace. We need the energetic commitment to the improvement of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health and care system of someone with extensive prior experience in a Chair role in health and/or Local Government.

The Chair will have a personal style that balances soft skills to enable trust to be gained quickly with an ability to act with authority and broker difficult decisions. Key characteristics of the role will include the need to demonstrate credibility and gravitas in leading to more effective whole-system working in line with the principles of an ACS.

We envisage that the role will involve c. 2 days week, up to 100 days p.a.

For further information and to apply submit a covering letter and CV by 24 January 2018 to:

For a confidential discussion please contact Catherine Pollard, STP Executive Programme Director 07803 033322

Job Description Independent Chair Job Description_Jan 2018