The Centre for Health and the Public Interest seeks new trustees

CHPI | March 5, 2021 | Featured, News


The Centre for Health and the Public Interest is entering an exciting new phase in its development, and would like to add two members to its Board of Trustees.

Founded in 2011, with a shoe-string budget and volunteer staff, it has become a respected and authoritative think-tank and has recently secured substantial funding from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

The CHPI is committed to the founding principles of the NHS and independent of both government and the corporate sector. It is still small, relative to organisations like the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust, but it asks questions that other organisations tend to neglect and has had a major impact on issues such as the Private Finance Initiative, patient safety in private hospitals, care home financing, conflicts of interest in the NHS, and pandemic preparedness. Its work regularly features in the national media and in parliament.

The work of trustees is voluntary, supporting the work of the director and ensuring that the organisation meets its charitable objectives.

We are looking for people who are committed to the founding principles of the NHS and have one or more of the following:

  • Knowledge of health care, public health and/or social care policy or other related policy areas
  • Experience of helping to build and develop small organisations in either an executive or non-executive capacity
  • Experience in delivering, or overseeing the delivery of organisational functions such as fundraising, finance, communications, research, and network-building.

Trustees serve initially for two years. Past and present trustees have found working in a shared cause with like-minded and capable colleagues engaging and rewarding.

Person specification

We would be especially glad to hear from people with finance and fundraising skills, or with a communications and research background. We would also very much welcome inquiries from people with Black or Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

The time commitments associated with the role include attendance at a monthly board meeting and is likely to also involve a couple of hours per week preparing for meetings, supporting the Director in a specific area of strategy – such as finance, communications or research ,engaging in general outreach and networking and participating in strategy “away days”.

About the CHPI

The CHPI’s overall aim is to promote the founding principles of the NHS by:

  • Using research and evidenced-based analysis to hold government and corporate power to account in the field of health and social care
  • Producing a well-argued critique of the use of markets and competition to deliver health and social care services, and communicating this effectively.
  • Promoting the public interest in health and social care policy-making, with a focus on probity, transparency and accountability.

The Centre’s main outputs are reports, analyses, blogs, social media content, and meetings with policy makers, journalists, and campaign groups, all of which are aimed at having an impact on the public policy debate. Over the next two years the CHPI’s research programme will mainly focus on the following areas:

  • The growing use of the private hospital sector to deliver NHS hospital services
  • The creation of the new National Institute for Health Protection (the new body which is being created to replace Public Health England)
  • The financial impact of COVID-19 on the UK Care Home sector.

In addition the Centre will continue to work on the following issues:

  • The accountability of the new NHS structures in England (Integrated Care Systems, merged CCGs, etc)
  • Conflicts of interest, fraud, and corruption within health and social care
  • The use of private finance to deliver health and social care infrastructure

The Board of Trustees

The role of the board is to:

  • help to develop the organisation;
  • provide support for the Director in the day to day delivery of the organisation’s objectives,
  • work with the Director to develop annual research and fundraising strategies;
  • ensure that the organisation meets its statutory duties including in relation to financial reporting, budgeting, risk management and HR.

How to apply

To apply for the role of Trustee please send your CV and a short letter of no more than 600 words to info@chpi.org.uk by the 29th March 2021 setting out your interest in the role and the skills and experience that you can bring to the organisation. We intend to contact applicants for a further discussion in early April 2021.

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