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Remuneration:£8,169 per annum  

Location:Within Scotland - not further specified 

Closing date:21 April 2017 at midnight 

If you are looking for a challenging, 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.

The work undertaken by NHS Boards across the country provides the strategic framework to ensure that the management of our healthcare is more efficient, more accountable and more effective.  These Boards bring together key partners, who deliver our healthcare.  One of the main functions of these different bodies is to put government policies into practice in the best way possible.  There are 14 territorial NHS Boards – of which NHS Fife and NHS Lothian are two - which are responsible for the protection and the improvement of their population’s health and for the delivery of frontline healthcare services. 

This is an exciting time to join an NHS Board.  The recent publication of the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Delivery Plan sets out a programme to further enhance health and social care services; working so the people of Scotland can live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting.

NHS Fife is responsible for protecting and improving the health of the 368,000 population of Fife and is committed to building on and improving these services with the involvement and support of the public and their partners.  NHS Fife is looking for one new member to join its Board.

NHS Lothian is responsible for protecting and improving the health of the 850,000 population across Lothian and works closely with local authorities and third sector partners in providing an integrated system of community-based health and social care.  NHS Lothian is looking for three new members to join its Board.

As a non-executive member of these Boards, you will have a key role in supporting the delivery of the organisation’s strategic direction in addition to contributing to scrutinising performance, and discharging governance and accountability functions.  These roles are as challenging as they are rewarding – and you will be offered the training you’ll need to make a strong contribution. 

For all of these posts you must be able to demonstrate the following:

•  an understanding of the challenges facing the delivery of health and social care services in NHS Fife and/or NHS Lothian (relevant to the role(s) you are applying for);
•  an ability to communicate effectively;
•  an ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders who have competing interests;
•  an ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively.
•  an ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture’ (eg strategic) thinking; and
•  an ability to analyse and review complex issues.

In addition, if you are applying for the Lothian NHS Board Member posts, you should also be able to demonstrate experience in ONE of the following:

•  Finance
•  Informatics and Digital Technologies
•  Organisational Development

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

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on the Boards of Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities andpeople aged under 50.

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 Fife and NHS Lothian and their role within NHS Scotland. 

Remuneration:   £8,169 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:  The meetings for Fife NHS Board are rotated across the Board area, and are currently held in either Kirkcaldy or Dunfermline.

Meetings for Lothian NHS Board will normally be held in Edinburgh, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.

Interviews:  It is expected that interviews will be held on 16th, 20th and 30th Junein Edinburgh. 

Further information:  If you would like to find out more about the roles on either of these Boards, you are welcome to contact:

Fife NHS Board Chair, Rt Hon Tricia Marwick, by calling Valerie Muir, Personal Assistant to the Chair, on 01592 648080, or by emailing Valerie.muir@nhs.net. 

Lothian NHS Board Chair, Brian Houston, by calling Elaine Watters, Executive Assistant to the Chairman & Chief Executive, on 0131 465 5804; or by emailing elaine.watters@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

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

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 21st April 2017.

Appointments to both these Boards are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

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.


Additional Information

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