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Remuneration:Between £25,462 and £28,008 per annum  

Location:Various locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:17 November 2017 at midnight 

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to the following NHS Boards: NHS Shetland; Scottish Ambulance Service; Golden Jubilee Foundation; and NHS Education for Scotland.

You will have the senior level experience required for these significant appointments 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 Scotland. If you have what it takes to fulfil one of these rewarding and challenging roles, we would like to hear from you. 

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

An essential requirement of these posts is that you can demonstrate an understanding of the Board for which you are applying and the challenges it faces.  You must also be able to demonstrate skills and experience in the following areas:




Constructive/Supportive Challenge & Influencing


NHSScotland’s values are at the heart of everything that these organisations do. These values, as outlined in the NHSScotland Workforce Strategy Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision are: care and compassion; dignity and respect; openness, honesty and responsibility; and, quality and teamwork and guide the work of the Board in all that it does.  As Chair of one of these Boards, 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.

Applications are invited from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service and are committed to the NHS in Scotland.

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

The Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on the Boards of Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, people aged under 50 and people from a BME background. Please do complete our monitoring form when you apply as this helps us to ensure that the appointments process is accessible to everyone.

Remuneration:  Between £25,462 and £28,008 per annum (non-pensionable) is payable (dependant on the post).  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, you must be able to make a firm commitment to spend at least 3 days per week on Board and NHSScotland business. This time will be a mix of daytime board meetings, daytime visits and other meetings, reading documents in your own time and attending stakeholder events, some of which may be in the evenings or at weekends.  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 appointment will be for a period up to 4 years, subject to regular performance appraisals, with the possibility of re-appointment.

Location:  Meetings for the Board will normally be held at Board Headquarters, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.  Regular meetings with other NHS Board Chairs and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing are held 6 times per year, in Edinburgh.

Assessment Process:  Assessment will happen in two stages.  The first stage will be the assessment of your written application against the essential requirements and values being tested at this stage.  The second and final stage will be a values based assessment, which will involve a psychometric test; an observed role play exercise; and a competency based interview, with presentation.  You will complete the psychometric test online at home and in advance of the other elements.  The role play exercise will be held on the day prior to your interview; with interviews being held on 24th, 25th and 26th January 2018.  As part of the interview, you will be asked to undertake a practical exercise, provided to you in advance, which will involve you preparing a verbal presentation for the panel.  Both the role play exercise and interview will be held in Clydebank. 

For more information about the role of a Chair, you can contact Dame Denise Coia, Chair, NHS Board Chairs Group and Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, by calling Natalie Hannigan, Private Secretary to the Chair on 0141 227 3272 or by emailing Natalie.hannigan@nhs.net

Full details of the criteria to be met for the positions are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application pack.  Also included in the pack is more detailed information about the NHS Boards and their role within NHSScotland. 

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 17th November 2017.

Appointments to NHS 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.


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