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Reference:3842 

Remuneration:£8,095 per annum  

Location:Stornoway 

Closing date:26 November 2020 at midday 


Western Isles NHS Board - Non-executive Member appointments


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 this opportunity to anyone else you think may be interested.


NHS Western Isles is responsible for meeting the health needs of around 26,950 people living in the Western Isles, and provides a comprehensive range of acute, mental health, primary and community services.  


NHS Western Isles 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 priorities and health care needs of the resident population.  You will be offered the training you’ll need to make a strong contribution. 


For these positions you must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:


* NHSScotland Values



  • care and compassion;

  • dignity and respect;

  • openness, honesty and responsibility; and,

  • quality and teamwork.


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

* Ability to communicate effectively;

* Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively;

* Ability to analyse and review complex issues;


In addition to the essential criteria above, we are interested in hearing from candidates who are also able to demonstrate one, or more, of the following.  You are not required to demonstrate any of these criteria for you application to be considered.


* Experience of stakeholder engagement and communications

* Legal experience

* Financial experience


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 grow into the role, to develop their skills and to learn new skills they may require. 


We value very highly the benefits of having different experience and points of view on our Boards. Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented on The Board of NHS Western Isles, such as: disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black 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 Applicant Information Pack.  Also included in the pack is more detailed information about NHS Western Isles and its role within NHS Scotland. 


Please note that NHS Western Isles is also seeking to appoint 1 Non-executive Whistleblowing Champion.  Applicants who have the relevant skills and experience are also encouraged to apply for this role.  Further details of this role can be found as a separate entry in our list of current vacancies.


Remuneration:   £8,095 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 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 in the same role will not exceed eight years.


Location:  Under normal circumstances, meetings of the Board will be held in Stornoway, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.  However, due to Coronavirus the majority of meetings are being held via Microsoft Teams.  It is expected that the majority of the work can be carried out at your home.


Interviews:  We are planning for interviews to be held online on 2nd - 5th February 2021.  We will make a decision nearer the time on how these will be conducted, 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 Chair, Gillian McCannon, by calling Michelle McPhail, Business Manager, on 01851 708044; or by emailing michelle.mcphail@nhs.scot.


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 midday on Thursday 26th November 2020.


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


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

Please apply online via the link below.  

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 by calling Freephone 0300 244 1898; or by emailing Public.appointments@gov.scot

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