Director of Governance

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is the major health and wellbeing provider for a population of 1.7 million people across Lancashire and South Cumbria.  A provider of mental health and learning disability services and physical health services in the community we employ over 7,000 members of staff operating in more than 400 sites with an annual budget of over £350 million. We are on an exciting journey of improvement with a completely new Executive Team, significant investment being made in mental health and learning disability services and a new leadership structure aligned to our systems’ ICPs.  We are committed to leading the integration of physical health, mental health, and social care services locally to deliver improved population health and tackle health inequalities.

We are implementing a new leadership structure of four Locality Networks and one Specialist Services Network designed to transform the delivery of our clinical operational services.  We aim to ensure that every person using our services receives high quality care no matter where they access services.   It supports our commitment to embedding cultural change through a style of leadership that is aligned to our values ‘we are kind, respectful, always learning and a team’. 

At this critical time in the Trust’s development, we have introduced a new position of Director of Governance reporting to our Chief Improvement & Compliance Officer, Ursula Martin, as part of a dynamic and refreshed leadership team.  This role will have significant Board exposure, with wide responsibilities across the Trust and externally working closely with our regulators and other stakeholders. 

We are seeking a visible leader with a track record of developing and embedding robust clinical governance, patient safety and quality assurances strategies in complex healthcare environments. You will bring a compassionate and inclusive style which will support the development of our Locality Networks enabling them to operate with autonomy, ensuring governance, quality and safety are seen as the responsibility of every member of staff across the organisation. You will work with our ambitious teams to enable an environment the delivers safe and effective services, fosters innovation, and drives quality improvement. Sharing our commitment to diversity and inclusion, you will create a supportive environment where our workforce is empowered to thrive and operate at their best.  

To learn more about us, our ambitions, this exceptional opportunity and how to apply, visit and contact Helen Barkham, Michelle Shirley or Emma Pickup of GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6098 for an initial discussion.

Closing date: Monday 29th March; Final Interviews: w/c 26th April