Executive Recruitment

Eligibility Criteria

You should declare anything in either your professional or personal history which may affect your eligibility for appointment, cause embarrassment or bring the organisation into disrepute, should you be appointed.

Residency: Preference will usually be given to candidates who live in, or have strong connections with the area served by the trust. We may sometimes accept applications from those with the appropriate experience living in the surrounding areas. You should always check the person specification specific to the vacancy.

Conflicts of interest: You should note the requirement to declare any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of the trust for which you have applied and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interests.

The ‘fit and proper persons’ requirement plays a major part in ensuring that the people who have director-level responsibility for the quality and safety of care and for meeting the fundamental standards are suitable to carry out these important roles. Under the regulations, NHS providers must be able to provide evidence that appropriate systems and processes are in place to ensure that all new directors and existing directors are, and continue to be, fit for purpose and that no appointments meet any of the ‘unfitness’ criteria set out in the regulations. Further information about our approach, including the checks we will undertake to ensure that the chairs and non-executives we appoint meet these requirements is also available on our website.

Disqualification for appointment for Associate Non-executive Directors

Not everybody is eligible: the following people are disqualified from appointment as non-executive directors:

  • employees of NHS trust with the vacancy
  • serving MPs: including MEPs and candidates for election as MP or MEP
  • chairs and members of the governing bodies of clinical commissioning groups, or employees of such groups
  • people who have received a prison sentence or suspended sentence of three months or more in the last five 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, we would not appoint civil servants in the Department of Health or members/employees of the Care Quality Commission to these roles.

All the disqualifications above apply to both chair and non-executive director posts. For chair roles the following additional criteria apply:

  • 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, 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.