Volunteering

Health & Social Care Trustee for The Brain Tumour Charity

Location: Farnborough

Date Posted: 25/03/2020

Closing Date: 25/06/2020

Job description

This is a key voluntary role on the Board of Trustees helping to ensure that The Charity develops its support and information services and healthcare engagement work to meet the evolving needs of all those affected by a brain tumour diagnosis and enable change in health and social care.

Supporting the Chair of Services & Influencing Committee initially, and in partnership with the Director of Services and Chief Executive you will advise on the strategy for the development of The Charity’s Support and Information services, ensuring these are being managed in accordance with the appropriate legislation and best practice, and act as a high level ambassador for The Charity

The Board meets four times a year, with four Committee meetings and occasional events. The Trustee would also be expected to be in regular email and phone contact with the Director of Services and CEO and meet as necessary. The time commitment for this trustee is likely to be around one day per month. The term of office is three years renewable for a further term.

The position of Trustee is voluntary, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed by the Charity.

What are we looking for?

The Brain Tumour Charity wishes to encourage applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds who will bring considerable senior leadership experience. You will have a strong background in health and social care. You must be able to provide oversight and a balance of support and challenge as well as ensure high standards of governance for the Support & Information team. Perhaps most importantly, you will be passionate about The Brain Tumour Charity’s vision, mission and values and will be an effective ambassador for the organisation.

You must offer the following:

  • Understanding of how the NHS works (or doesn’t!) in the UK
  • Understanding of how social care works (or doesn’t!) in the UK
  • Safeguarding experience
  • Experience of how support can be delivered well and at scale by health charities
  • Experience in how to engage and influence healthcare professionals at all levels
  • Background in commissioning of health services by CCGs or specialist commissioning
  • Understanding of UK and International healthcare strategic shifts, opportunities and challenges
  • Experience of influencing change in the NHS and/or social care
  • Experience in management of complex and/or low survival diseases, especially cancer or neurological conditions

Ideally, you would also have:

  • Neurological or brain tumour specific medical/clinical expertise
  • Understanding of the use of data to personalise healthcare
  • A strong network of relationships in NHS or health and social care policy/government
  • Understanding of measuring impact and quality of life

And fulfil our requirements of all our trustees, with:

  • A high level interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach to working and the ability to persuade and influence as well as promote the interests of the Charity.
  • A strong empathy for the aims, objective and activities of The Brain Tumour Charity.
  • Integrity and judgement with a strong commitment to evidencing the values of the Charity.
  • An excellent, confident and persuasive communicator.
  • Experience of fundraising, particularly with major donors, as well as an understanding or knowledge of the needs of those personally affected by disease is desirable.

Practical Considerations

The Charity is based in Farnborough although they fund research across the UK and overseas.

Most meetings are held in London.

To apply, please send your CV along with a short covering letter of application. In your covering letter, please summarise your motivations for applying for the role and address the role description, key competencies and person specification

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