Leadership Recruitment

Welcome from Dr Susan Gilby, Chief Executive

Thank you for showing an interest in the Associate Director of Corporate Affairs/ Company Secretary role. I am delighted to share with you what we see as an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced professional to join the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in what is a key role within the leadership of the organisation.

I am proud of the excellent reputation the Countess has for delivering high quality patient care, with many of our areas having achieved the highest level of national accreditation, in particular those relating to clinical outcomes and patient safety.

We have an excellent record of success in delivering a comprehensive range of services to our local population and we have substantially invested in our infrastructure and our people over recent years and this has been recognised by a number of external awards, but there is always room for improvement!

Our aim is to be the preferred hospital of choice not only for our traditional community but for patients from the wider catchment area. Our primary purpose is to continue to provide a comprehensive, high quality, and accessible range of emergency and elective services for all our patients.

Of course, there are challenges too. I don’t think there has ever been a more interesting or challenging time to join the Countess of Chester. Now living through a global pandemic, the NHS is facing its biggest financial challenge alongside significant changes in how our services are commissioned and delivered. The impact of Covid-19 on our staff and populations will be felt for years to come; however, through this our staff have demonstrated their resilience and a significant ability to innovate. We have found new and efficient ways to ensure we continue to safely provide effective care to our patients. To move beyond the pandemic and to recover from the disruption to services that it has caused, we need  to continue to rethink how we work effectively with our partners and our communities to ensure we deliver sustainable health and care services to our populations in the future, and particularly as many of our population are aging.

You will appreciate, therefore, that we are at a critical point in our development and this opportunity requires an effective leader, communicator and experienced corporate governance professional who can support the Trust and its Board of Directors on this journey.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully

Dr Susan Gilby, Chief Executive Officer