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Remuneration:£7,479 per annum  


Closing date:28 April 2017 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 Shetland is responsible for meeting the health needs and improving the health of around 23,000 people living in the Shetland Islands.  NHS Shetland employs approximately 620 staff and provides a comprehensive range of acute, mental health, primary and community services.  Since April 2016 NHS Shetland’s fully integrated Health and Social Care Partnership became fully operational and NHS Shetland works closely with the Integration Joint Board.

NHS Shetland is looking for four new members to join its Board, two of whom will have particular responsibilities as a Member of the Integration Joint 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 priorities and health 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. 

An essential requirement 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 be able to communicate effectively. 

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

Board Members (2 posts):

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

  • the potential to contribute effectively to the Board.

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

  • an ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders who 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.

You do not need to be an expert in health or have previous experience of being on a Board.  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. 

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 and people 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 Shetland and its role within NHS Scotland. 

Remuneration:   £7,479 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, its Committees and the Integration Joint Board will normally be held in Lerwick, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area

Interviews:  It is expected that interviews will be held on 8th and 9th of June in Lerwick. 

Further information:  If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Chairman, Mr Ian Kinniburgh, by calling Pauline Moncrieff, Personal Assistant to the Board Chair, on 01595 743648, or by emailing pauline.moncrieff@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 28th April 2017.

Appointments to Shetland NHS Board 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.


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