Thank you for your interest in the role of Independent Chair for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS).

ICSs are a critical part of the biggest national move to integrating care of any major western country. They are entirely dependent on a collaborative approach to leadership and a willingness on the part of the organisations involved to work together through a partnership Board.

We were proud to be chosen as one of the first areas to offer integrated care – a new type of care with even closer collaboration between health and wellbeing partners. We have joined the forces of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector to coordinate health and care services for the whole needs of our local population. Our vision is ambitious but straight-forward: we want people living in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to live longer, healthier and happier lives.

We are now looking for a new Independent Chair to take us on the next stage of our evolution, enabling and galvanising the work of system leaders to maximise the benefits of collaborative working and effective governance whilst also ensuring the Board provides assurance to the wide range of stakeholders including provider trusts, commissioners, NHS regulators, local authorities and the population we serve.

The Independent Chair must have the vision and passion to continue our journey towards greater integration across the system. You will develop and stimulate a constructive and frank relationship with members of the ICS Board and promote a culture of openness and transparency with all organisations ‘acting as one’.

Specifically, you will ensure the ICS Board develops and oversees strategies which will result in tangible improvements to the health of the population.

Some of the key determinants of success will be the ability to foster partnerships, build a strong Board, facilitate constructive challenge and debate, and effectively hold the Board to account.

The successful appointee will have substantial board level experience and personal credibility in their chosen profession. A proven track record of chairing within a complex organisation and working in a regulated environment requiring collaborative working with system partners is essential.

You will be leading in an environment where traditional boundaries and authorities are shifting to a wider collective approach and therefore strong influencing skills are crucial in order to ensure that the constituent organisations are working collegiately and are aligned to the strategy and ambition of the ICS, recognising that constituent organisations each have their own statutory responsibilities.

To be successful in the role you will need to be adaptive and comfortable within a dynamic environment. You will be person-centred, inclusive, collaborative, altruistic and consensus seeking. Your long-term view will be focused on transformation of our whole system, and primarily on our accountability to local people and communities.

These traits will be underpinned by deep knowledge of Health and social care or the broader public sector, and specifically of complex public service systems and highly effective system-wide partnership arrangements.

If you believe that you have the vision and passion to become our Independent Chair, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Paul Devlin – Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, on behalf of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS Board