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NHS Trust seeks non-executive director

The Trust which delivers hospital and community care across County Durham and Darlington is looking to appoint a new non-executive director to its Board. 

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust serves around 600,000 people, providing a comprehensive range of services across two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham, as well as community hospitals and numerous community bases.  

Non-executive directors bring their skills, experience and talent to make a positive difference to the lives of people in the local community. 

Steve Crosland has been a non-executive with the Trust since 2018, bringing his many years of experience in the private sector, where he worked at director level in human resources and leading strategic change.  He said, "At this stage in my life and career I can't think of a better use of my time than serving the community by helping ensure we offer the very best healthcare services for patients. 

 "In addition to offering support, my role includes constructively challenging senior managers, bringing an independent view to decision making to ensure that as an organisation the Trust is resilient and performs highly.  I find the role very fulfilling and would recommend it. 

"During the last nine months the Trust has demonstrated its abilities by doing a remarkable job in responding to the unprecedented challenge brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, moving rapidly and being highly adaptable, despite being a large and complex organisation.  It has been an honour to be part of this and to see the remarkable speed and willingness with which individual members of staff took on different responsibilities, adapted work areas and formed new teams to rise to the challenge. I've been particularly proud of the way in which the Trust has also prioritised communicating with and caring for its staff.  Of course, combining the challenges of Covid-19 while meeting the on-going healthcare needs of our patients continues and the appointee to this role with be at the heart of this." 

The role requires a time commitment averaging around 4-5 days per month with a salary of £13,000.  Applications should be completed on-line at: using the reference 439-C&G-19.  Applicants can also contact Warren Edge, Trust Secretary, for further information at: or by telephone on 07825 865335. 


Published 24th Sept 2020


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