Senior Executive Assistant


Main area
Secondment - 12 Months
37.5 Hours per week
Job ref
CORP HQ Admin & Secretariat
£26,565 to £35,577 pa
01/07/2018 23:59

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


This is an exciting secondment opportunity to work as a Senior Executive Assistant in Trust Headquarters for one year.

We are looking for a highly motivated professional Senior Executive Assistant who will be responsible for providing full executive support to the Trust Chair, and Non-Executive Directors and Associate Director of Corporate Governance.  This role also serves as the line manager for two Executive Assistants who support other individuals and cover reception management.  

You will need to be articulate, confident and proactive, meet deadlines and communicate effectively.

You will need to demonstrate previous experience working as an Executive Assistant or similar, be able to demonstrate the ability to devise new systems, communicate with senior managers and have a very positive attitude. 

The role requires the ability to manage a varied and demanding workload, to recognise the changing needs of the Executive Directors and Executive Assistants, to build relationships with people at different levels in the organisation and external stakeholders. You will be responsible for independently managing small projects and proactively supporting wider initiatives in key areas.

The successful candidate will:

        Be someone creative who enjoys working in a busy and challenging environment.
        Stay calm when working under pressure.
        Be skilful in co-ordinating complex diaries.
        Be a forward thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.
        Have exceptional written and verbal communication.
        Have strong organisational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritise multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
        Have very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, governors, service users, carers and external stakeholders.
        Demonstrate proactive approaches to problem solving with strong decision making capability.
        Be a highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.
        Have proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.


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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

If you would like to have informal conversation please contact Chris Collins on 0207 655 4061

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