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Mental health trust seeks senior nurse to join board

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A mental health trust that covers the Merseyside area is looking for a senior nurse or someone with a background in the profession to become a non-executive director.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust said it was looking for someone for the role with a senior nursing background and current or very recent board level experience in the NHS or education sectors.

“We are looking for somebody from an extremely senior nursing background”

Beatrice Fraenkel

The person appointed must also demonstrate an understanding of mental health, have experience of working at a regional or national level, and “understand complex strategic issues”.

The role will require a minimum of three days per month and comes with a salary of £13,000 per annum.

Beatrice Fraenkel, chair of Mersey Care, said: “Financial pressures are intensifying across all providers and we recognise the need to evolve and respond to these and future changes in our own organisation.

“To help us do this effectively we want to ensure we have a board that continues to be made up of a wide range of non-executive skills,” she said. “In this instance we are looking for somebody from an extremely senior nursing background either in the NHS or health education sectors.”

The trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby.

It also provides secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Its clinical services are provided from 36 sites across the North West and it employs over 5,000 staff.

The trust currently has a rating of “good” from the Care Quality Commission. However, it is going through a period of expansion, having merged with Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in July 2016.

As reported in November, it will also take over services in Sefton that were formerly part of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, which will now be run via a partnership with 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The closing date for applications for the non-executive role is 26 February, with interviews due in early March.

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