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Remuneration:£8,416 per annum  

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:15 February 2019 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.  

NHSScotland’s values are at the heart of everything that this organisation does. These values, as outlined in the 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 a member of the Board, 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. 

Essential requirements:

For ONE of the posts, we are looking for someone who can bring the following:

  • Relevant financial, audit and risk experience

For both posts, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • NHSScotland Values

  • Ability to communicate effectively

  • Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively

  • Ability to analyse and review complex issues

  • Ability to contribute to longer term planning by seeing the bigger picture 

Desirable requirement:

Whilst not an essential requirement for either role, the following would help the Board to meet its commitments in developing the National Digital Service:

  • Relevant digital and technological skills used in a transformative environment

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.  

The 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.

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:   £8,416 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 1st and 2nd of April 2019 in Edinburgh.  

Further information:  If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact the Chair, David Garbutt, by calling James McCann, Executive Officer to the Board Chair, on 0131 656 3295; or by emailing james.mccann@nes.scot.nhs.uk.

The Board have prepared a short video from the Board Chair, talking about who NES are and the posts, you can see the video here: https://youtu.be/M9mzhnknEPo  

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 15th February 2019. 

Appointments to the NHS Education for Scotland 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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