Service Care Solutions Ltd

Trust Secretary

Service Care Solutions are looking for candidate who can cover the duties of a Trust Secretary.
The level will be 8a/8b depending on experience but NHS experience and understanding of Freedom of Information is essential.

Accountable to the Chief Executive, to work as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, contributing to the formulation of strategy, policy and the delivery of corporate and statutory objectives.
As Trust Secretary, to act as principal advisor to the Chair, Chief Executive, Board of Directors and Council of Governors on all issues relating to corporate governance, ensuring that the Trust's Corporate Affairs are undertaken to the highest standards of probity and according to statutory and legislative requirements.
Trust lead for regulatory compliance and principal contact for NHS Improvement
Act as lead for Board Assurance and jointly responsible with the Medical and Nursing Directors for the development and delivery of the Trust's Risk Management and Clinical Governance Strategies.
result areas (Main duties/responsibilities)
Corporate Governance
 Provide independent expert advice and support to the Chair, Chief Executive, Board of Directors and Council of Governors on all matters relating to regulation, statutory and legislative compliance and interpretation.
 Ensure the Board of Directors and its Committees are properly constituted, operated and supported, according to Standing Orders and the relevant legal and statutory framework.
 Ensure Standing Orders are in place, acted upon and reviewed as necessary, and with the Director of Finance, ensure that SFIs are similarly in place, reviewed and acted upon by the Board.
 Ensure that the Trust fully complies with best practice around the Fit and Proper Persons test for all Directors.
 Ensure the provision of legal advice, legal services and insurances to the Trust (which will include involvement in active cases, contract proposals and/or disputes, future areas of litigation development, Inquest support, training provision to staff as determined upon need), and ensure overall value for money in legal services provision.
 Be the responsible officer for statutory annual returns, including the Annual Plan, and Annual Report and Accounts including the Quality Report, ensuring these are presented to the Auditors, Regulator, and laid before Parliament
 Ensure the statutory obligations of the Foundation Trust are fulfilled, determining forward plans for the business of the Board of Directors and Council of Governors, in consultation with the Chair and Chief Executive.
 Responsible for ensuring compliance with the Trust responsibilities in relation to regulatory compliance and assurance, including NHSI governance statements, taking appropriate actions to ensure compliance with the Code of Governance and any other corporate Board assurances
 Support the Chair and Chief Executive in developing the capability of the Board, ensuring the right mix of skills and experience and overseeing the programme of Board Development and specifically the induction/training of Executive and Non-Executive Directors.
 Ensure the Board undertakes a formal 3 yearly governance review in line with NHS Improvement guidance.
 Ensure an annual appraisal process is in place for Non-Executive Directors and work closely with the Chair on this.

If interested please send your CV to or call Matt on 01722 208 963

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