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Remuneration:£33,446 per annum  

Location:Dundee City  

Closing date:04 September 2019 at midday 

Tayside NHS Board Chair appointment

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to Tayside NHS Board. 

This is an exciting time of transformational change for NHS Tayside, designing and delivering changes which will improve performance and develop the capability and capacity to return NHS Tayside to its place as one of the most innovative and best performing Health Boards in the UK.

You will have the senior level experience required for this significant appointment 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 Tayside. If you have what it takes to fulfil this rewarding and challenging role, we would like to hear from you.  

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

An essential requirement of this post is that you can demonstrate an understanding of the Board and the challenges it faces.  You must also be able to demonstrate skills and experience in the following areas:

  • leadership;

  • governance;

  • performance management;

  • constructive/supportive challenge & influencing; and,

  • communication.

NHS Scotland’s values are at the heart of everything that this organisation does.  These values, as outlined in the NHS Scotland Workforce Strategy Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision are: 

  • care and compassion;

  • dignity and respect;

  • openness, honesty and responsibility; and,

  • quality and teamwork.

As Chair 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. 

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 different experience and points of view 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 people with protected characteristics that are not fully reflected on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50.  Please do complete our monitoring form when you apply as this helps us to ensure that the appointments process is accessible to everyone. 

Remuneration:  £33,446 per annum (non-pensionable) is payable.  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 of the Board, you must be able to make a firm commitment to spend 3 days per week on Board and NHS Scotland business.  In all cases, the 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 and may involve you having to travel.  You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs.  You will also have the opportunity to engage in regional and national level activities which will enhance the delivery of health and social care services.

Appointment details:  Appointment will be for a period of 4 years, subject to regular performance appraisals, with the possibility of re-appointment.

Location:  Meetings for the Board will normally be held in Dundee.  Meetings for other committees and the Integration Joint Boards are held across Tayside.  Regular meetings with other NHS Board Chairs and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport 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 leadership requirements being tested at this stage.  The second and final stage will involve a psychometric test; an observed role play exercise; and a competency based interview, with verbal presentation.  You will complete the psychometric test online at home and in advance of the interview.  The role play exercise will be held on Wednesday 25th September; with interviews being held on Thursday 26th September.  Both the role play exercise and interview will be held in St Andrew’s House, Regent Road, Edinburgh

If you would like to discuss this role informally and confidentially, you are welcome to contact Malcolm Wright, Director-General Health & Social Care and Chief Executive NHS Scotland, who would be pleased to answer any questions you might have.  To arrange a discussion, you should contact Carole Finnigan by calling 0131 244 2790 or by emailing dghsc@gov.scot.

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

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 MIDDAY on Wednesday 4th September 2019. 

Appointments to Tayside NHS Board are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.  

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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