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Trustee (nursing advisor)

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Role description

Nursing advisor to the Urostomy Association’s National Executive Committee (‘the committee’)

Purpose and scope

This is an exciting time of growth for the Urostomy Association as we develop our charity’s services for people facing a urinary diversion then learning to live life to the full again.

As well as helping to drive forward the overall strategy for our organisation, this postholder will provide the nursing specialism we need to thrive so we can be there for everyone who needs us now and in the future.

This is a key role in advising the committee on issues around the promotion of the Association to the nursing community and helping to answer questions from urostomates and those who support them. 

The post holder is asked to promote the Association’s mission and values, provide high quality governance in accordance with the Charity Governance Code, guide its strategic development and support its work by drawing on their personal contacts and experience.


This is a voluntary position, with reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

Works closely with

Primary responsibilities

  • Understand the external environment in which our charity is operating
  • Keep abreast of any changes in urostomy appliances and accessories
  • Represent the Association at relevant conferences (where possible)
  • Communicate with the relevant nursing organisations and associations
  • Attend committee meetings (currently six weekly, lasting iro 90 minutes)
  • Attend our National Annual General Meeting (online, once a year)
  • Make sure our charity’s values are reflected in all our work
  • Work as part of the committee to ensure that the charity follows the law and regulatory guidance.
  • Be prepared to take collective responsibility for the Board decisions
  • Act with integrity, in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries, adopting values and creating a culture, which helps achieve our charitable purposes and maintain the respect of beneficiaries, other stakeholders and the public.
  • Safeguard and promote the Association’s reputation and promote public confidence and trust in our charity.
  • Be clear that a trustee’s main focus is on strategy, performance and assurance, rather than operational matters
  • Be aware of the range of financial and non-financial risks a trustee needs to monitor and manage, supported by our Risk Register
  • Ensure that the charity follows principles of equality and diversity, going beyond the legal minimum where appropriate.
  • Support the Transformation Director in the review of key policies and procedures, if required.
  • Advise the Journal editor and the Transformation Director, as required, in preparing articles and leaflets for publication, online and in the Journal
  • Support the Transformation Director in responding to urostomates’ queries, if required

Person specification

The following skills and attributes are sought:

  • A nursing background, within urology
  • Experience of working in the NHS environment in the last four years, on appointment
  • A member of the RCN, ASCN and/or BAUN
  • Enthusiasm, inter-personal skills, tact and diplomacy
  • A passion for access to healthcare
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Able to bring or willing to develop a good network of contacts

Our values

  • Compassionate – We treat everyone with compassion, courtesy, respect and dignity.
  • Inclusive – We actively involve those who need our services as we fulfil our strategic objectives, to ensure we are more inclusive and meet diverse needs.
  • Ambitious – We are determined to make change happen, embracing all the opportunities that technology offers, so supporters feel we are doing all we can to meet their needs.
  • Knowledgeable – We will make the most of our networks, partnerships, expert advisors, volunteers and supporters, to build on shared best practice and constantly evolve as an organisation.

Our full mission, vision and values statement is laid out in our organisational strategy.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you satisfy the person specification to Brian Fretwell on on or before midnight on Monday 2 September 2024.

For an informal conversation prior to applying, please contact Brian.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in our organization.