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Remuneration:£8,169 per annum 

Location:Edinburgh, and to other locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:17 November 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 Education for Scotland (NES) is the Education, Training and Workforce Development Organisation for the NHS in Scotland and helps to provide better patient care by providing educational solutions for workforce development.

NES is looking for two new members to join its Board.  As a non-executive member of the Board, you will be expected to play a central role in supporting the provision of the high quality education, training and lifelong learning of NHS staff, which is vital to providing excellent health services.  You will be offered the training you need to make a strong contribution. 

You must be able to demonstrate the following:

- Ability to communicate effectively

- Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively

- Ability to analyse and review complex issues

- Ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture’ (eg strategic) thinking

You do not need to be an expert in health or education, 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 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 NES and its 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:  Whilst the majority of Board/Committee meetings take place in Edinburgh, the Board may occasionally meet in other towns and cities across Scotland.  There will be opportunities offered to new members to visit NES offices in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Interviews:  It is expected that interviews will be held on 9th and 10th January in Edinburgh. 

Further information:  If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact the Chair, Dr Lindsay Burley, by calling James McCann, Executive Officer to the Board Chair, on 0131 656 3295; or by emailing james.mccann@nes.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 17th November 2017.

Appointments to NES 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

  1. Applicant Information Pack
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