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Patient-Public Reference Group lay chairperson

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Help shape the future of heart and lung care in London

We are looking for a lay chairperson to play a leading role in strengthening our efforts to involve patients, their families and carers with an interest in heart and lung care. You will ensure their views are understood and remain at the centre of our work.

  • Payment: £5,500 per annum
  • Hours: part-time (approx 8-12 hours per month)

About the partnership

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and King’s Health Partners have formed a partnership that will transform the care of patients with cardiovascular and respiratory health conditions. 

Our goal is to deliver the best cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes for patients, wherever they receive care, improving the health and wellbeing of the population throughout their lifetime. We will create a new academic health system that touches the lives of up to 15 million people, supporting improvements in health across the whole population and incorporating a mind and body approach to care. Our proposition is centred on a plan to create a new purpose-built, world-leading centre for cardiovascular and respiratory care, and to support networks across London and the South of England.

Our partners already deliver high-quality clinical care, education and research. However, we believe the Partnership offers unique opportunities to further enhance the quality and efficiency of this work, by leveraging the strengths of each partner organisation and working together as an integrated system.

Role description

The lay chairperson for our Patient-Public Reference Group will ensure the patient‐public voice remains at the centre of the Partnership’s work. You will work with highly respected and influential NHS leaders, representing the group on the Partnership Board. Your skills and experience will mean the views of patients, their families and carers are actively considered in the Partnership’s future.

We are looking for an outstanding individual who can bring the personal qualities and experience that would be expected of a non-executive director. This role is suited to someone who would like to establish themselves in and develop their experience of non-executive roles. To be successful you should have experience of working with senior leaders, including directors, chairs and chief executives. 

You should have experience of chairing committees in large organisations or complex programmes with the ability to facilitate discussions on complex subject matters, in a way that is inclusive and supports meaningful participation of people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. 

You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to listen sensitively to the views of others and the ability to relate to and understand the staff and service partners who provide services and the patients and carers who receive them.

The Partnership is committed to involving patients, their families and carers in its work and future plans, so it’s important that you have the commitment to advocate the views of patient-public stakeholders, in particular those served by the Partnership’s organisations.

How to apply

Please read the lay chairperson role description (PDF 279Kb) for more information about the role and how to apply. Eligibility criteria applies.

Application deadline

Please submit your application by midnight on Monday 23 March to

Interview date

Interviews are expected to take place during the week commencing 30 March.

Job description

Read the lay chairperson role description (PDF 279Kb).


Read the Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Royal Brompton & Harefield joint statement regarding plans for closer working.