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Remuneration:£8,842 per annum  


Closing date:17 September 2020 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 Highland’s catchment area comprises the largest and most sparsely populated part of the UK.  It is responsible for meeting the health needs of around 320,000 people living in the area, and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the population.

NHS Highland is looking for three new members to join its Board.  As a non-executive member of the Board, you will be expected to play a central role in guiding the strategies which address the health and social care priorities and care needs of the resident population and monitor the performance of the Board in delivering these.  You will be offered the training you need to make a strong contribution. 

NHS Scotland’s values are at the heart of everything that this organisation 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.  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.

In addition to the values highlighted above, you must also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge about, or connection to, the delivery of health and social care services in the area served by the Board

  • Ability to communicate effectively

  • Longer term planning / Seeing the bigger picture

  • Constructive and supportive challenge

As well as the essential criteria listed above, we are also looking for the following:

  • Someone resident in Argyll, or with extensive knowledge of the area, who would represent the NHS Board on the Argyll and Bute Integrated Joint Board (one post).

  • Someone who has experience of working in finance and/or risk and audit, who would be able to participate in the Audit Committee and/or the Finance, Resources and Performance Committee of the NHS Board (one post).

Although not essential for any of the posts, it would be helpful to the Board at this time if you were able to demonstrate either of the following:

  • Communications & Engagement/Media/Marketing experience

  • Understanding of the health and social care needs of rural and remote communities

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 to learn new skills they may require. 

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented, such as women, disabled people, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and people aged under 50. 

For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the person specification, which forms part of the application pack.  Also included in the pack is more detailed information about NHS Highland and its role within NHS Scotland. 

Remuneration:   £8,842 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, either in person or remotely as appropriate, at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs.  Should you be required to contribute more than the average 8 hours per week on a regular basis, then, at the discretion of the Board Chair, you may receive additional remuneration.

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:  Meetings of the Board and its Committees will normally be held in Inverness, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.  A number of committee meetings allow for remote participation.

Interviews:  We are planning for interviews to be held face-to-face on 28th, 29th and 30th October in Inverness.  However we will continue to review this in relation to the guidance on physical distancing and if it is not possible to meet, we will conduct the interviews remotely by video link.    

Further information:  If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Board Chair, Prof Boyd Robertson, by calling Seonaidh Laing, Personal Assistant to the Chair on 01463 704953; or by emailing

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 Thursday 17th September.

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

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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, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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