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Reference:2795 

Remuneration:£8,842 per annum  

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:25 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 Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian. They also provide some services for patients in the Borders and in Fife and are a national centre of expertise for some specialties provided to people across Scotland. 


NHS Lothian 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:



  • Ability to communicate effectively

  • Ability to challenge constructively

  • Ability to build effective relationships with people, both within and outwith the organisation

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

  • Ability to analyse and review complex issues


Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are not fully reflected on the current Board, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ 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 Lothian 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 at least 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:  The meetings for Lothian NHS Board are normally held in Edinburgh, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.


Interviews:  Interviews will be held on 30th November, 1st and 4th December.  We will make a decision nearer the time on how these will be held, taking in to account up to date Public Health guidance in relation to physical distancing.  If it is not safe to meet, other arrangements will be considered which may include conducting 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 Interim Board Chair, Esther Roberton, by calling Elaine Watters, Executive Assistant to the Chairman & Chief Executive, on 0131 465 5804; or by emailing elaine.watters@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.


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 25th September.


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


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Our dedicated public appointments website allows you to 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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