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NHS Scotland – NXD’s

Remuneration:HIS £157.09 per day – NSS £8,169 per annum
Location:Within Scotland – not further specified
Closing date:31 March 2017 at midnight

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.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) is a national improvement organisation that works with local communities, people who need support and the people who provide support to improve health and social care across Scotland. HIS supports the health and social care system to design and provide high quality, sustainable and compassionate care for the people of Scotland. Strong relationships and partnership working with other organisations are central to helping us to deliver improvement. HIS is looking for one new member to join its Board.

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) is a public sector organisation that has been providing services to NHSScotland for over 40 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. NSS 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. These roles are as challenging as they are rewarding – and you will be offered the training you’ll need to make a strong contribution.

For both of these posts you must also be able to demonstrate the following:

an ability to communicate effectively;

an ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders who have competing interests;

an ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture’ (eg strategic) thinking;

an ability to analyse and review complex issues;

an ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively; and

understanding and experience of ensuring effective governance

You do not need to be an expert in healthcare or have previous experience of being on a Board. We are looking for people who have the capacity and commitment to grow into the roles, to develop their skills and to learn new skills they may require.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on the Boards of Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities andpeople aged under 50.

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

Remuneration: For the HIS member role you will be paid a daily rate of £157.09.

The remuneration for the NSS member role is £8,169 per annum.

All payments are non-pensionable. 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 and you should be able to demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs. The time will be a mix of daytime Board meetings, committee meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events.

For the HIS member role, you must be able to make a firm commitment to spend two to four days per month (up to 48 days per year) on Board business.

For the NSS member role, the time commitment is an average of eight hours a week (52 days per year).

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: Although meetings for the Boards will normally be held in their main offices, they may on occasion be held elsewhere throughout Scotland.

The meetings for the HIS Board will normally be held either in HIS’s Glasgow or Edinburgh offices.

Meetings for the NSS Board will normally be held in Edinburgh.

Interviews: It is expected that interviews will be held on Monday 1st May (recognising this is a public holiday) and Thursday 4th May in Edinburgh.

Further information: If you would like to find out more about either of these roles, you are welcome to contact:

HIS Board Chair, Dame Denise Coia, by calling Natalie Hannigan, Executive Assistant to the Chair, on 0141 227 3272 or by emailing

NSS Board Chair, Prof Elizabeth Ireland, by calling Susan Ferguson, Personal Assistant to the Chair, on 0131 275 6124; or by emailing

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

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 31st March 2017.

Appointments to both the HIS and NSS Boards are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

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 (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or fax on 0131 244 3833, by email at, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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