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Job description

The trustees of Keech Hospice Care are charity trustees for the purpose of the Charities Acts and are also Directors of Keech Hospice Care Limited and Directors for the purposes of Companies Acts.

As the Board of Trustees, the trustees are legally responsible, both individually and corporately, for the activities and governance of the charity. They are ultimately responsible for everything the charity does and how it does it. The overriding duty of trustees is to act in good faith within charity law and to make sure the charity pursues its aims uses its assets exclusively to pursue those aims; and acts in the interests of its beneficiaries.

Background

Keech Hospice Care provides specialist palliative care for adults and children with terminal or life-limiting conditions. Our mission is to provide the best quality of life for our patients and their families as they prepare for a dignified death. Our multi-professional approach involves medical, nursing, social, spiritual and emotional care and is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Access to our services is available to all, free from discrimination on such grounds as disability, political view or other opinion, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, wealth or otherwise and marital status

Board Members act collectively as a Board and are legally accountable for the activities of the charity and hospice. They share responsibility for the strategy and future direction of Keech Hospice Care and the effective and efficient delivery of its plans and functions. They are responsible for:

  • Ensuring Keech Hospice Services effectively fulfils its general functions and duties in accordance with its Articles of Association, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Determining the overall strategic direction of Keech Hospice Care and ensuring the availability of resources.
  • Monitoring the performance of the Chief Executive and holding him to account for delivery against agreed plans and budgets.
  • Promoting and protecting Keech Hospice Care’s values, integrity, image and reputation.
  • Ensuring high standards of governance that command the confidence of Keech Hospice Care’s stakeholders and staff.

Ensuring the Board itself performs effectively and contains people with the skills and experience it needs and makes plans to ensure the recruitment, induction and development of new trustees

As a trustee you will be required to:

  • Attend meetings of the Board.
  • Participate in the Board’s annual work programme of reviews and scrutinies.
  • Undertake portfolio roles as directed by the Chair.
  • Be involved in the work of the Board, including membership of any committee or working group established by the Board.
  • Take an ongoing interest in the work of the charity and have a general awareness of its work and the environment within which it must operate.
  • Promote the charity with external stakeholders where appropriate.
  • Participate in ‘provider visits’ to the hospice.

Carry out the duties of a trustee in accordance with the Seven Principles of Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership).

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Essential:

  • Clinical experience (for this trustee role)

  • A track record of securing value for money and effectiveness.

  • Commitment to Keech Hospice Care and an empathy with, and commitment to, its aims, ethos and the values of the hospice.

  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to carrying out trustee duties.

Desirable:

  • Financial management and/or accountancy experience.
  • Experience in change management and organizational transformation.
  • Senior experience in the health sector in general and end of life care in particular.
  • Working at a board or senior manager level in a public, private or charity sector context.

Personal Criteria:

  • No conflict of interest between your business activities and your role as trustee in line with the Seven Principle of Public Life.

  • Ability to question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and decide dispassionately.

  • Ability to listen sensitively to the views of others, inside and outside of the Board of Trustees and to gain the trust and
respect of other Board and SMT members.

Ability to seek and obtain full and satisfactory answers within the environment of the Board.

Board details:

The Board consists of 10 to 12 trustees and includes at least one trustee with experience in each of the following areas:

  • Clinical Services
  • Accountancy Services
  • Legal Services

The Board may co-opt individuals in where special expertise is required.

The Board may establish any Committee/Working Group, and appoint its Chair, for any purpose within its functions and shall determine the powers and functions of such a committee.

Frequency of Meetings

The Board will meet nine times a year, including one full day meeting to review annual performance against agreed medium term plans and the impact on the overall strategy. Trustees will be expected to commit up to 15 days a year. This will include attendance at Board meetings and other meetings as necessary

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Keech Hospice Care

Making the difference when it matters the most

Keech Hospice Care is the adult hospice for Luton and south Bedfordsh... Read more

Posted on: 25 October 2019
Closing date: 23 January 2020
Job ref: Trustee - clinical experience
Tags: Trustees

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