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Remuneration:£8,842 per annum  

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:17 September 2021 at midday 

Appointment of a Member with practical experience of the Scottish adult social work and/or care sector.

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 and social care in Scotland.  Please pass on details of these opportunities to anyone else you think may be interested.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the Education, Training and Workforce Development Organisation for the NHS, and is also a provider for the care sector, in Scotland and helps to provide better patient care by providing educational solutions for workforce development.

NES 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 supporting the provision of the high quality education, training and lifelong learning of NHS and social care staff, which is vital to providing excellent health services.  You will be offered the training you need to make a strong contribution. 

NHSScotland’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 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.

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 will need to have flexibility in order to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs.   

Period of Appointment:  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:  Currently most Board/Committee meetings take place virtually.  This is likely to remain a feature in the future although Board meetings, which call for public access, may be held in Edinburgh. In due course opportunities will be offered to new members to visit NES offices in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.  As we continue to live with Covid-19, currently meetings are held remotely using a virtual platform, Microsoft Teams, for which you will receive appropriate training and support. Going forward, the expectation is that the work will be a blend of virtual and physical meetings and a physical presence will be required to be able to carry out the full range of Board activities.

Interviews:  Interviews will be held on 4 October 2021.  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:  If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact the Chair, David Garbutt, by calling Della Thomas, Board Secretary, on 07580996607; or by emailing

If you would like to find out more about the role of NES and its members please visit their website: NHS Education for Scotland | NES

Full details of the skills, knowledge and experience required for this appointment are contained in the Applicant Information Pack.  You can access the pack via the link below.

Closing date for applications is midday on 17 September 2021.

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. 

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

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