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Remuneration:£7,554 per annum  

Location:Orkney Islands  

Closing date:23 March 2018 at midnight 

If you are looking for a rewarding and worthwhile opportunity, we would like to hear from you. 
Applications are invited from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service and are committed to the NHS in Scotland.  Please pass on details of these opportunities to anyone else you think may be interested.

NHS Orkney is the smallest territorial health board in Scotland and is responsible for the delivery of high quality person centred care and improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Orkney.  In doing so, NHS Orkney requires to understand the health needs of the 21,500 people living in Orkney, and provide a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services tailored for the whole population.

NHS Orkney is looking for three new members to join its Board.  As a non-executive member of the Board, you will be expected to play a central role in guiding the strategies which address the health and social care priorities and care needs of the resident population and monitor the performance of the Board in delivering these.  You will be offered the training you need to make a strong contribution.   

Essential requirements for all these posts is that you can demonstrate knowledge about or connection to the delivery of health and social care services in the area served by the Board; and the ability to communicate effectively.

Other more specific criteria relevant to the posts which you must also be able to demonstrate are:

Board Member (1 post):

  •   an understanding of the quality of the health and care experience and why this might vary for different people in different places in Orkney; and

  •   the potential to contribute effectively to the Board.

Board Members with Integration Joint Board responsibilities (2 posts):

  •   an ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders who may have competing interests;

  •   an ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively;

  •   an ability to analyse and review complex issues; and

  •   an ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture’ (eg strategic) thinking.

In addition to the above requirements applicable to the Board Members with Integration Joint Board responsibilities, we are looking for one of these two members who will also bring the levels of financial, audit and risk experience to enable them to participate immediately as a member of the Audit Committee, with the possibility of taking up the role of Chair of that Committee in due course.

You do not need to be an expert in health or have previous experience of being on a Board for any of these roles.  We are looking for people who have the capacity and commitment to grow into the role, to develop their skills and to learn new skills they may require

For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the the person specification, which forms part of the application pack.  Also included in the pack is more detailed information about NHS Orkney and its role within NHS Scotland. 

Remuneration:   £7,554 per annum (non-pensionable) is payable.  You will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively. 

Time commitment:  The time commitment will vary week to week, but on average the role will take up around 8 hours per week.  This time will be a mix of daytime Board meetings, committee meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events.  You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs.   

Appointment details:  The term of appointment will be for up to 4 years.  When a term comes to an end, the skills the board requires will be reassessed.  If you satisfy the requirements of the new person specification at that time, and there is evidence of your effective performance, Scottish Ministers may consider reappointing you for a further term.  A non-executive member’s total period of appointment will not exceed eight years.

Location:  Meetings of the Board will normally be held in Kirkwall.  Meetings for other committees and the Integration Joint Board may be held across the Orkney Islands.

Interviews:  It is expected that interviews will be held on 24th and 25th of April in Kirkwall. 

Further information:  If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact the Chairman, Ian Kinniburgh, by calling Jennie Pickles, Personal Assistant to the Board Chair, on 01856 888064; or by emailing jennie.pickles@nhs.net.  

For full information on the appointments, please read the Application Information Pack accessed via the link below.

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 23rd March 2018.

Appointments to Orkney NHS Board are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

* Scottish Ministers are committed to diversity and equality.

* The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

* Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

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 (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.


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