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Member - Orkney NHS Board


Remuneration:£8,095 per annum  


Closing date:04 December 2020 at midday 

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 Orkney is responsible for meeting the health needs of around 21,500 people living in Orkney, and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services tailored for the whole population.

NHS Orkney is looking for one new member 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 this position you must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

* Ability to demonstrate NHS Scotland’s shared values.  These are:

  • care and compassion;

  • dignity and respect;

  • openness, honesty and responsibility; and,

  • quality and teamwork

* A successful track record in looking carefully at what organisations do and holding them to account

* Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively

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

* Ability to analyse and review complex issues

* Ability to communicate effectively

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 Orkney, such as: disabled people, LGBTI+ people, and those from black and minority ethnic communities. 

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

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:  The Board is based at The Balfour in Kirkwall.

Interviews:  Interviews will be held on the 6th and 7th January 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 this opportunity in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Chair, Meghan McEwen, by phoning 01856 888271; or by emailing

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

Completed applications must be received on or before midday on 4th December 2020.

Appointments to Orkney 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

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