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Remuneration:£8,842 per annum 

Location:Various locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:16 April 2021 at midnight 

NHS Lanarkshire, NHS 24 and Scottish Ambulance Service - Non-Executive Board Member appointments

Experience of Digital Transformation

NHS Lanarkshire, NHS 24 and the Scottish Ambulance Service are each looking for one member to join their Boards.  You can choose to apply for any one or more of these Boards through one application. 

As NHS Scotland continues to develop its use of technology to reshape and improve services, support person-centred care, and improve outcomes, we have identified a specific priority criterion for these posts as this is of particular importance to these Boards at this time.

Priority Criterion (all posts):

  • Senior level experience of achieving major organisational impact through digital transformation within a complex environment

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.

The work undertaken by NHS Boards across the country provides the strategic framework to ensure that the management of our healthcare is more efficient, more accountable and more effective.  These Boards bring together key partners, who deliver our healthcare.  One of the main functions of these different bodies is to put government policies into practice in the best way possible.  

NHS Lanarkshire is one of the 14 territorial Boards and they are responsible for the protection and the improvement of their population’s health, and for the delivery of frontline healthcare services.  Key priorities for the Board as they reshape their services to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic include maximising the opportunities of digital transformation and innovation to provide safer, smarter and more efficient models of care, refreshing their Healthcare Strategy “Achieving Excellence” and delivering their exciting vision to build a new state of the art digital University Hospital Monklands. NHS Lanarkshire is looking for one new member to join its Board.

NHS 24 is responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment and triage, health advice and information by telephone and online services to the population of Scotland 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  There have been many significant developments over the last twelve months and NHS 24 has been the first point of contact for people who may have Covid-19 symptoms.  They offer a range of mental health support services and are now the first point of contact for urgent care services.  NHS 24 is looking for one new member to join its Board.

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), at the frontline of NHS Scotland, provides an emergency and non-emergency service to people across mainland Scotland and its island communities.  SAS plays a leading role in the national design and delivery of emergency and urgent care, using advanced digital technology to ensure a timely and appropriately resourced response to 999 calls. Also to those who require non-emergency ambulance transport to and from hospitals and clinics. 999 patients with immediately life threatening conditions are safely conveyed to hospital and increasingly, SAS ambulance professionals are providing “see & treat” care in patients’ own homes for non-life-threatening emergencies. Journeys to hospital are avoided, patient experience is enhanced and whole-system emergency care provision made more effective and efficient. SAS is looking for one new member to join its Board.

As a non-executive member of these Boards, you will have a key role in supporting the delivery of the organisation’s strategic direction in addition to contributing to scrutinising performance, and discharging governance and accountability functions.  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. These values, as outlined in the Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision, are: care and compassion; dignity and respect; openness, honesty and responsibility; and, quality and teamwork and guide the work of the Board in all that it does.  As a member of theses 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.

In addition to the priority criterion highlighted above, for all posts you must also be able to demonstrate the following:

Essential criteria (all posts):

  • NHS Scotland Values

  • Ability to communicate effectively

  • Ability to provide scrutiny and challenge

  • Ability to analyse and review complex issues

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

You do not need to be an expert in health or have previous experience of being on a Board. 

For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the the person specification, which forms part of the Information for Applicants pack.  Also included in the pack is more detailed information about these organisations and their role within NHS Scotland. 

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics who are under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and people aged under 50. 

Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK.  Please see the Information for Applicants pack for further information.

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 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:  The meetings for Lanarkshire NHS Board are normally held in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.  Both NHS 24 and the Scottish Ambulance Service are national Boards.  However the majority of meetings for NHS 24 will normally be held in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  The meetings for the SAS Board are normally held in Edinburgh.  As we continue to live with Covid-19, currently meetings are generally held remotely using a virtual platform, for which you will receive appropriate training and support.

Interviews:  Interviews will be held on 10th, 11th and 14th June.  Given the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and any restrictions which might be in place, we are currently planning for the 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. 

Further information:  To find out more about these opportunities, we are holding an online Information Session on Tuesday 6th April from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.  To register for this information session, please follow the link below and details on how to join the event will be sent out to you.

NHS Non Executive Board Members Digital Skills Information Session

If you are unable to attend the information session and/or require more information on these roles, all the Boardsare offering the opportunity to discuss the role with either the Chair or one of their current Board members. 

Lanarkshire NHS Board:  To arrange this, please contact Jacqueline Murdoch, Executive Assistant to the Chair & Chief Executive, on 01698 752870; or by emailing

NHS 24:  To arrange this, please contact Joanne McLean, PA to Chair and Chief Executive, on 0141 337 4538 or by emailing

SAS:  To arrange this, please contact Shy Das-Bharadwa, PA to Chair and Chief Executive, on 0131 314 0100 or by emailing

For full information on the appointments, please read the Information for Applicants pack accessed via the link below.

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 16th April.

Appointments to all these Boards are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

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 0300 244 1898 or by email at


Additional Information

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