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Clinical Trustee

Clinical Trustee

At Rennie Grove Hospice Care, we're all about making every moment matter for our patients and families, and you can play your part in that. We provide care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness, and their families, visiting day and night. It's important work and, to make it all happen, we need enthusiastic and committed volunteers.

Description of the role

Rennie Grove is seeking volunteer Trustees with GP or palliative care experience to join the Board of Trustees. Applicants should have some senior management experience as well as extensive clinical experience in community care and have shown ability to enable change management. Ideally, we would want the applicants to be active in clinical practice.

As a Trustee you will have a wide-ranging input into the strategic direction of this charity and will work closely with our Director of Nursing & Patient Services and Chief Executive.

Key skills and experience

  • Risk management
  • Quality standards and requirements of the Care Quality Commission
  • Safeguarding (adults and children)
  • Data management
  • Keen interest in professional education, research and development
  • Developments within the field of palliative care.
  • Strategic vision, business planning and ability to exercise sound independent judgement
  • Leadership
  • Skilled at networking and relationship building and ability to act as an ambassador for Rennie Grove
  • Ability to understand and accept the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee
  • Willingness to become an active member of sub-committees, as required
  • Determination and enthusiasm to contribute fully to developments within the charity
  • Commitment to Rennie Grove mission and aims.

Commitment

This appointment requires a commitment to Rennie Grove to attend six evening meetings of the Board of Trustees and up to six Clinical Governance evening meetings each year. Occasional additional meetings may be held during the day and most social events are in the late afternoon or evenings. Meetings may occur in any of the offices in Tring, St Albans and Berkhamsted. In addition to attending meetings, Trustees will need to make time to evaluate papers and make constructive comments to ensure the best possible decisions are made.

All Rennie Grove Trustees are expected to actively participate and engage in external events and networking to represent and promote the charity, where requested.

Appointments are usually for a term of three years with extensions possible of a further three years thrice by mutual agreement (3+3+3 maximum).

General roles and responsibilities of all Rennie Grove Trustees

  • To be accountable for ensuring that Rennie Grove complies with its governing documents, charity and company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that Rennie Grove pursues its charitable objects as defined in its governing documents
  • To ensure that Rennie Grove applies its resources exclusively in furtherance of its objectives, while working flexibly to meet the changing needs of its beneficiaries
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role of giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets and standards
  • To act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets and to act in the best interests of the Charity and its beneficiaries, to safeguard the good name and values of Rennie Grove
  • To ensure the financial stability of Rennie Grove and to ensure that risks to which Rennie Grove is exposed are properly assessed and managed
  • To ensure the property and assets of the charity are properly utilised, managed and accounted for, and that the charity's funds are appropriately managed and invested
  • In conjunction with the other trustees to appoint, support and monitor the performance of the Chief Executive
  • To use reasonable care and skill in their work as trustees, using their personal skills and experience as needed and use any specific knowledge or experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions, to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient and ensure external professional advice is sought where necessary
  • In conjunction with the other trustees to ensure that delegated responsibilities are met
  • To represent Rennie Grove at external meetings and to support fundraising initiatives where possible.

Application process

Please apply with a recent CV and one page of A4 outlining how your skills and experience would contribute to Rennie Grove in your role of clinical trustee.

If your skills and experience fit, we will ask you for an informal conversation with the Chief Executive and the Chair of Trustees. The final stage will be a formal interview with the Chair of Trustees and one or two other Trustees.

On successful appointment, the following will be required:

  • Completion of a volunteer application form
  • References will be taken up
  • An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out
  • You will be asked to complete an online course in data security and information governance
  • Completion of legal documentation required to become a charity trustee.

For more information please contact the volunteering team on 01727 731020 or email volunteer@renniegrove.org