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Chair - Lanarkshire NHS Board


Remuneration:£35,138 per annum 


Closing date:29 September 2021 at midnight 

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to Lanarkshire NHS Board.

This is an exciting and challenging time to join the Board of NHS Lanarkshire.  The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on society and NHS Lanarkshire has had to re-prioritise its services and activities. This has also provided opportunities to support innovation and develop sustainable services with high quality, person centred, safe and effective care firmly at the heart of our strategic plans.

Key priorities for the Board include refreshing our Healthcare Strategy “Achieving Excellence” and delivering our exciting vision to build a new state of the art University Hospital Monklands, whilst building on our culture of working in partnership with our staff and communities. However, this pandemic has also exacerbated the health inequalities within our society and we must ensure that addressing health inequalities is integral to anything we do.

The role

You will have the experience required for this significant appointment and will play a central leadership role in guiding the strategies which address the health priorities and health and care needs of the people of Lanarkshire.  If you have what it takes to fulfil this rewarding and challenging role, we would like to hear from you.

You will be accountable to Scottish Ministers for leading the Board, comprising non-executive and executive members, which will improve, sustain and protect the health of people across Scotland.  You will understand and promote diversity.

As well as being able to show that you understand the organisation and the environment in which it operates, you must also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Strategic Leadership

  • Governance and Accountability

  • Constructive/Supportive Challenge and Influencing

  • Communication

NHS Scotland’s values are at the heart of everything that we do.  As Chair of the Board, you will not only need to have the right skills, knowledge and experience for the role, but also be able to demonstrate behaviour aligned to these values.  The NHS Scotland values as outlined in the NHS Scotland Workforce Strategy Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision are:

  • care and compassion;

  • dignity and respect;

  • openness, honesty and responsibility; and,

  • quality and teamwork.


We value different experience and points of view on our Boards.  Accordingly, we hope to receive applications from a wide range of talented people irrespective of their religion or belief, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, political belief, relationship status or caring responsibilities.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics who are under-represented at Chair level, such as women, disabled people, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

Appointment Information

Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK.  

Remuneration:  The annual remuneration for this role £35,138 (non-pensionable).  You will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs, reasonable dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively, subject to Board policy.

Time commitment:  As Chair of the Board, you must be able to make a firm commitment to spend 3 days per week on Board and NHS Scotland business, which is flexible across the whole week.  In all cases, the time will be a mix of daytime board meetings, daytime visits and other meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events, some of which may be in the evenings or at weekends and may involve you having to travel.  You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs.  You will also have the opportunity to engage in regional and national level activities. 

Appointment details:  Appointment will usually be for 4 years, subject to regular performance appraisals, with the possibility of re-appointment. 

Location:  The meetings for Lanarkshire NHS Board are normally held in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.  In recent times, meetings have been held virtually.  Going forward, the expectation is that Board and Governance Committee meetings will be held by blending virtual and physical meetings.  The Chair would be expected to be physically in the office on a regular basis, and also available to undertake site visits to healthcare facilities, as well as working remotely.  Regular meetings with other NHS Board Chairs and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport are held 6 times per year, in Edinburgh.  

Assessment Process:  Assessment will happen in two stages.  The first stage will be your written application.  The panel will consider the evidence provided at this application stage and the applicants who most closely meet the requirements being sought will be invited to the final assessment stage.  The final stage of assessment will have various elements, comprising of:

  • work skills in action exercise – a situational role-play;

  • verbal presentation on a topic that will be notified to you in advance; and 

  • a structured interview with both competency based and hypothetical questions. 

The work skills in action exercise will take place w/c 1st November 2021.  Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9th November 2021. 

We are hoping that both the role play and interviews will be held face to face, taking place in Edinburgh.  However, we will review this nearer the time and if Public Health guidance indicates it is not safe to hold these face to face, they will be held virtually via MS Teams. 

Further information:  To find out more about this role, NHS Lanarkshire are holding an online Information Session on Wednesday 15th September from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.  To register for this information session, please follow the link below and details on how to join the event will be sent out to you.

NHS Lanarkshire Chair Information Session Registration

If you are unable to attend the information session and/or require more information on the role, you are welcome to contact Caroline Lamb, Director General Health and Social and Care/Chief Executive, NHS Scotland, who would be pleased to answer any questions you might have.  To arrange a discussion, please email

You may also wish to contact Nick Morris who is the Chair of the NHS Chairs Group in Scotland, by emailing

For full information on the appointment, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.  Alternatively, you can visit: 

Completed applications must be received on or before Wednesday 29th September 2021.

Appointments to Lanarkshire NHS Board are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898 or by email at


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