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Remuneration:£8,416 per annum  

Location:Edinburgh, and to other locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:01 November 2019 at midnight 

Public Health Scotland – Appointment of Non-Executive Board Members

The public health landscape in Scotland is changing.  Applications are invited from individuals who  want to be part of that important change, with an interest in public service and who are committed to improving and protecting the health of the people of Scotland.

Public Health Scotland

The overall aim of Public Health Scotland will be to increase healthy life expectancy and to reduce health inequality in Scotland.  Our vision for public health reform is ‘a Scotland where everybody thrives’.

Public Health Scotland will employ around 1100 staff and is expected to have a net operating budget of around £60m.  Through its efforts, our ambition is:

  • For Scotland to be a world leader in improving and protecting the public’s health and wellbeing, using knowledge, data and intelligence in more innovative ways.

  • To create a culture for health in Scotland, with an economic, social and physical environment which drives, enables and sustains healthy behaviours, and where individuals take ownership of their health.

This represents a new and ambitious partnership between the Scottish Government and Local Government, with the Board of Public Health Scotland being jointly accountable to Scottish Ministers and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). 

We are seeking to recruit capable and committed individuals who will bring different perspectives and views to inform the vision and work of Public Health Scotland. 

We are looking for up to seven individuals to join the new Board who will bring different skills, experience and strong commitment to help shape the body’s future strategic direction. 

About NHS Scotland

NHS Scotland’s values will be at the heart of everything that Public Health Scotland will do. 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.

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.

In addition to these values, all Board members will need to have some general skills which will enable them to make a contribution to the work of the Board.  These are:

  • Communication;

  • Working co-operatively and collaboratively;

  • Ability to question and challenge constructively;

  • Longer term planning/seeing the ‘bigger picture’;

  • Ability to analyse, reflect on impact and review complex issues.

The Board also needs people who bring some very specific skills/experience to the Board and these will take priority during the appointment process.  You must be able to demonstrate one of the following:

  • A track record of financial oversight in a complex organisation with the capacity to Chair the Audit Committee, preferably with a financial qualification.

  • Experience of governance of an organisation in the private, public or third sector.

  • Experience of working in partnership and collaboration with a range of organisations and/or groups.

  • Experience of influencing organisational change.

  • The ability to reflect critically on your  experience of health inequalities in order to inform solutions.

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 develop their skills and be open to learning. 

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.

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 Public Health Scotland and its new 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 one day per week.  Please note that initially you may be asked to attend at a greater frequency to support the establishment of the new body in partnership with the Chief Executive, Chair and other Board Members.  Once the Board is established, your time commitment 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:  The Board will most likely be based in Edinburgh, but Board meetings may be held elsewhere across Scotland

Interviews:  It is expected that interviews will be held on 16th, 20th (am), 22nd, 23rd, 27th (am) and 30th of January in Edinburgh. 

Further information:  If you would like to find out more about the role, the process or the Public Health Reform Programme, please contact Derek Grieve, Head of Health Protection Division at the Scottish Government, on 0131 244 0268, email at Derek.Grieve@gov.scot; or John Wood, Chief Officer for Health and Social Care at COSLA, on 0131 474 9315, email johnw@cosla.gov.uk.

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 1st November 2019.

It is the intention of the Scottish Ministers that appointments to Public Health Scotland will be regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.  More information on the regulated status of these appointments is available in the application pack.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

For full information on the appointments, please read the Application Information Pack accessed via the link below.  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

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