Member - Borders NHS Board
Remuneration: £8,842 per annum
Closing date: 17 December 2020 at midnight
Borders NHS Board Member appointment
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 this opportunity to anyone else you think may be interested.
NHS Borders is responsible for meeting the health needs and improving the health and wellbeing of around 118,900 people living in the Borders, spread over 4,723 square kilometres of town, village and rural communities. NHS Borders provides a range of health and social care services which includes acute, mental health, primary and community services.
NHS Borders 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 guiding the strategies which address the health and social care priorities and care needs of the resident population and monitor the performance of the Board in delivering these. 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 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.
In addition to the values highlighted above, you must also be able to demonstrate the following:
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively
- Understanding of the issues and challenges that can affect the quality of the health and social care experience, including under-represented groups
- Ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders who have competing interests
- Ability to contribute to longer term planning by seeing the ‘bigger picture’
- Ability to analyse and review complex issues
You do not need to be an expert in health or have previous experience of being on a Board. We are looking for people who have the capacity and commitment to develop their skills and to learn new skills they may require.
Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics who are under-represented on the current Board, such as disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and people aged under 50.
For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the role, please see the the person specification, which forms part of the Application Information Pack. Also included in the pack is more detailed information about NHS Borders and its role within NHS Scotland.
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: Meetings of the Board, its Committees and the Integration Joint Board will normally be held in Melrose, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area. 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 22 February 2021. Given the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions which might be in place through the winter period, we are currently planning for interviews to be conducted via MS Teams.
Further information: If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Chair, Karen Hamilton, by calling Iris Bishop, Board Secretary, on 01896 825570; or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For full information on the appointments, please read the Application Information Pack accessed via the link below.
Completed applications must be received on or before Thursday 17th December 2020.
Appointments to Borders NHS Board are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.
Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.
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 PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot.