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Remuneration:£35,841 per annum 


Closing date:04 August 2020 at midnight 

NHS Board Chair appointments

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to the following Board:

  • NHS Tayside

The role

You will have the 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 Board’s resident population.  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 NHS Tayside 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.  As Chair of NHS Tayside, 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.  The NHS Scotland 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.

Further information about the role of the Chair and essential criteria to be met for this postions can be found in the Applicant Information Pack.  The pack also provides additional information about NHS Scotland and NHS Tayside and can be accessed from the link below


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, sex, age, gender reassignment, disability, sexual orientation, race, 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 disabled people, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, women 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.

Appointment Information

Remuneration:  The remuneration for NHS Tayside is £35,841.  The remuneration is non-pensionable.  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 a minimum of 3 days per week (flexible over the course of the 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 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. 

Appointment details:  Appointment will be for 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 Board area.  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 is a written application form.  The second and final stage will involve a psychometric test and a competency based interview.  You will complete the psychometric test online at home and in advance of the interview.  Interviews will be held in Edinburgh, with appropriate physical distancing in place, on 17 or 18 August 2020.  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.

For more information about the roles, you can contact John Connaghan, Interim Chief Executive NHS Scotland by emailing or David Garbutt, Chair of NHS Chairs Group on

Completed applications must be received on or before Tuesday 4 August 2020.

Appointments to NHS Boards 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 Office of the Chief Executive on 0131 244 2083, by email at  or by writing to the Office of the Chief Executive Team, Scottish Government, Area 2 East, St Andrews House, Edinburgh EH1 3DG.

Additional Information

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