Chair Recruitment


On behalf of the Board of Directors and Council of Governors, thank you for your interest in joining our team.

We are a large acute Trust providing district general hospital services to circa 450,000 people in Preston, South Ribble and Chorley and the regional centre for a range of specialist services serving 1.8 million residents in Lancashire and South Cumbria. These services include:

  • Major Trauma
  • Cancer (including radiotherapy, drug therapies and cancer surgery)
  • Disablement services such as artificial limbs and wheelchairs
  • Neurosciences including neurosurgery and neurology
  • Specialist vascular surgery
  • Renal services

Our mission is to always provide excellent care with compassion which we do from three facilities:

  • Chorley and South Ribble Hospital
  • Royal Preston Hospital
  • the Specialist Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre

We are a values driven organisation. Our values were designed by our staff and patients and are embedded in the way we work on a day-to-day basis:

  • Caring and compassionate. We treat everyone with dignity and respect, doing everything we can to show we care.
  • Recognising individuality. We respect, value and respond to every person’s individual needs.
  • Seeking to involve. We will always involve you in making decisions about your care and treatment, and are always open and honest.
  • Team working. We work together as one team, and involve patients, families, and other services, to provide the best care possible.
  • Taking personal responsibility. We each take personal responsibility to give the highest standards of care and deliver a service we can always be proud of.

Following a challenging two years responding to the Pandemic, we are focused on the recovery of our services and the wellbeing of our staff. We are a major employer in the area, and we want to ensure the Trust is a great place to work, and that our staff feel supported and valued when at work here.

We are accelerating our role as a key system partner both locally, in the Central Lancashire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), and regionally through the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS). We are also a part of the Lancashire & South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme, an exciting opportunity for the region to leverage government investment to develop brand-new, world-class facilities for local people.

We are working closely with our partners across the NHS, local councils, the voluntary, community, faith and education sectors to integrate health and care services, with the shared objective of developing and delivering high quality, fit for the future, services that meet the needs of our diverse populations. A clear focus on population health, health inequalities and the wider determinants of health will be front and centre to this work and consequently we are very interested to hear from individuals who understand, and have experience, living in or working with our communities, and with an understanding of the associated health and care needs. Our ability to deliver on these ambitions, as well as delivering the Trust’s own strategy, The Big Plan, will be predicated by our ability to ensure we remain connected to the people we serve, and that we are able to shape our decisions through ensuring a diverse range of perspectives and experience amongst our Board of Directors.

This site is intended to provide you with some of the information you may require when considering an application and I would encourage you to get in touch with Emily Perry, Michelle Shirley or Emma Pickup at GatenbySanderson for a confidential conversation to explore the opportunity.

Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to meeting you through the process.

Paul O’Neil
Senior Independent Director

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