Under the guidance of our outgoing chair, GPs are increasingly seen as the leaders of our health and care service, and their input means we have a system leadership team which is connected to grassroots frontline delivery and local communities. The GPs from our 59 member practices are best-placed to understand and respond to their community’s needs, and nowhere is this better illustrated than in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We face a growing demand for services, coupled with an increasing pressure on budgets, and we are looking for someone who is committed to working collaboratively with our partners to resolve our issues together. We have been making large scale transformation of our health and care system for several years, which is guided by clinical evidence from GPs and primary care colleagues to provide the wraparound care people want and need.
We received ICS accreditation in December 2020, well ahead of the April 2021 target, and was commended for our approach to clinical leadership and place-based care which is at the heart of our transformation programmes.
Our new chair will join at an exciting time as we transition from a clinical commissioning group in to the development of an ICS. As a clinical leader for the wider system, the chair will work closely with elected members and executive colleagues both within and outside the NHS. These additional responsibilities include being the chair of the Clinical Practitioner Cabinet; a member of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly ICS Senate Board; and vice chair of the Cornwall Health and Wellbeing Board.
You won’t be phased by frequently talking to the media to explain the decisions we make, and will want to be part of making a difference beyond your consulting room. You should be enthused by the challenge of understanding the views of many alongside leading meetings in public.
NHS Kernow’s Governing Body provides the organisation’s strong clinical and corporate leadership, nurturing a culture where people’s interests remain at the heart of our discussions and decisions, and, where the voice of member practices actively shapes services. As the organisation’s clinical lead, our chair ensures NHS Kernow exercises its functions effectively, efficiently, economically, with good governance and in accordance with the terms our Constitution.
This is a fun, challenging and rewarding role, and you will be part of a great team that brings together a wide range of skilled individuals. You should apply if you are a GP practising in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who is inspired by how a clinician can bring their experience and ability to understand complex needs and expectations of a wide group of people, and use those skills to take important decision.
The successful applicant will initially be appointed for up to a 3-year term of office, with the ability to extend for a further 2 terms of office.
For an informal discussion, please contact NHS Kernow’s chair, Dr Iain Chorlton; vice chair and lay member for governance Chris Blong; or joint accountable officer Helen Charlesworth-May, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: 25 February 2021 at 4pm.