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Chair Appointments - NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian, NHS Western Isles, The State Hospital Board for Scotland


Remuneration:NHS Lanarkshire - £35,138 pa, Lothian - £44,092 pa, Western Isles - £30,134 pa, The State Hospitals for Scotland - £27,554 pa 

Location:Various locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:19 April 2021 at midnight 

NHS Board Chair appointments

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint four new Chairs to the following Boards: 

  • NHS Lanarkshire

  • NHS Lothian

  • NHS Western Isles

  • The State Hospitals Board for Scotland

The role

You will have the experience required for these significant appointments and will play a central leadership role in guiding the strategies which address the health priorities and health and care needs of the people these Boards’ serve.  If you have what it takes to fulfil one of these rewarding and challenging roles, 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 people across Scotland.  You will understand and promote diversity. 

As well as being able to show that you understand the organisation(s) for which you have applied and the environment in which they operate, you must also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Adept skills in active governance

  • Ability to effectively Chair a diverse Board and make decisions in complex situations

  • Ability to develop the strategic vision for change to meet the aspirations of the core role of the NHS in Scotland

NHS Scotland’s values are at the heart of everything that these organisations do.  As Chair of one of these Boards, 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.


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 identity, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, political belief, relationship status or caring responsibilities.

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

Appointment Information

Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK.  

Remuneration:  The annual remuneration for these roles is:

  • NHS Lanarkshire: £35,138

  • NHS Lothian: £44,092

  • NHS Western Isles: £30,134

  • The State Hospitals Board for Scotland: £27,554

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 3 days per week on Board and NHS Scotland business, which is flexible across the whole week.  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 to each of the three territorial Health Boards will usually be for 4 years, subject to regular performance appraisals, with the possibility of re-appointment.  The Chair appointment to The State Hospitals Board for Scotland will be for two years, with the possible opportunity to extend, and will be subject to any decisions made with regard to the recommendations from the recently published review of forensic mental health services in Scotland.

Location:  Meetings for the Board will normally be held at Board Headquarters.  For the territorial Boards, meetings may, on occasion, also 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. All meetings are currently held virtually.

Application stages:  Expressions of interest will be invited for these roles, after which you will be invited to join a familiarisation event, which will be held on Wednesday 7th April.  Following this, you will then decide whether you wish to submit a formal application.  The formal application will involve a digital video application containing questions that you can answer in your own time using your smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam.  You will also be asked to provide a short written application which contains your personal details, declaration and equalities monitoring information.

Assessment Process:  Assessment will happen in two stages.  The first stage will be your formal application.  The panel will consider the evidence provided at this application stage and the applicants who most closely meet the requirements being sought will be invited to the final assessment stage.  The final stage of assessment will have various elements, comprising of:

  • work skills in action exercise – a situational role-play;

  • verbal presentation on a topic that will be notified to you in advance; and 

  • a structured interview with both competency based and hypothetical questions. 

The work skills in action exercise will take place in advance of the interview.  Interviews will be held on 20th, 24th and 27th May 2021. 

Given the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and any restrictions which might be in place, we are currently planning for the role play and interviews to be conducted via MS Teams.  We will review this nearer the time and if Public Health guidance indicates it is safe to do so, we may consider holding these face to face, which would be in Edinburgh. 

The deadline for expressions of interest is Thursday 1st April 2021.

The deadline for formal applications is Monday 19th April 2021.

Appointments to NHS Boards are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner. 

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

For more information about the roles please visit:  You will be able to submit an expression of interest in any one or more of these roles through this website.  Should you have any difficulties accessing this information, please contact Sarah Gracie at Eden Scott, by calling 07999 421314  or emailing

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