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Remuneration:£8,088 per annum (non-pensionable) is payable 

Location:Within Scotland - not further specified 

Closing date:21 August 2015 at midnight 

NHS National Services Scotland Board

Member appointments

If you are looking for a challenging, 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.

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) is a public sector organisation that has been providing services to NHSScotland for over 30 years.  It works at the heart of the health service, providing strategic support services and expert advice crucial to the delivery of effective healthcare to patients and the public.  It also offers its expertise and national scale shared services more widely across the public sector in support of public service reform and, in particular, the integration of health and social care.  In supporting Scotland’s health, NHS NSS works closely with all its partner organisations, especially the NHS Boards, Integration Joint Boards and other public bodies, in the delivery of its services.  NHS NSS employ around 3,400 dedicated and highly specialised staff based in a number of locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and Livingston. It has an annual budget of approximately £390m.

NHS NSS is looking for two new members to join its Board with previous senior executive or non-executive experience; or experience of delivering organisational objectives in a complex financial environment.  As a non-executive member of the Board, you will be expected to play a central role in supporting the delivery of better health and better care through the provision of a wide range of national and shared services.  These roles are as challenging as they are rewarding – and you will be offered the training you’ll need to make a strong contribution.  In addition to the experience highlighted above, you must also be able to demonstrate a number of skills:

Ability to communicate effectively

Ability to challenge constructively

Ability to build effective relationships within a team

You do not need to be an expert in healthcare or necessarily 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.

Remuneration:   £8,088 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.  Five formal Board meetings and three Development Sessions are generally held over the course of the year.  You will also be allocated to two or more sub-committees, for which meetings are held 3 or 4 times a year.  Occasionally you may be required to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs.   

Appointment details:  The appointments will be for up to 4 years, with the possibility of re-appointment subject to evidence of effective performance and to satisfying the requirements of the person specification for the role at the time of re-appointment.

Location:  Meetings of the Board and its Committees will normally be held in Edinburgh, but may on occasion be held elsewhere across Scotland.

Interviews:  It is expected that interviews will be held on 28th, 29th (am) September and 2nd October in Edinburgh. 

Further information:  If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, you are welcome to contact Dr Elizabeth Ireland, by calling Susan Ferguson, Personal Assistant to the Board Chair, on 0131 275 7480; or by emailing


Application Information

Full details of the criteria to be met for the positions are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application pack.  Also included in the pack is more detailed information about NHS NSS and its role within NHS Scotland. 

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

We encourage applicants to apply online, however, a downloadable application form is available.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact Public Appointments, Wellbeing and Diversity (PAWD) on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or fax on 0131 244 3833, by email at, or by writing to PAWD, Scottish Government, E1 Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh EH11 3XD.

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 21st August 2015.

Appointments to the NHS NSS Board are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people and people aged under 50.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.