Jun 292018

Chair - Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) was set up by the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 and took over the functions of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and the regulatory functions of the Care Commission in relation to independent healthcare services.

The Healthcare Improvement Scotland work programme supports Scottish Government priorities, in particular the Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland. They:

  • develop evidence-based advice, guidance and standards for effective clinical practice;
  • drive and supporting improvement of healthcare practice; and,
  • provide assurance about the quality and safety of healthcare through scrutiny and reporting on performance.

You will have the senior level experience required for this significant appointment and will play a central leadership role in guiding the strategies which support the health and social care system to design and provide high quality, sustainable and compassionate care for the people of Scotland. If you have what it takes to fulfil this rewarding and challenging role, we would like to hear from you.

As part of your role as the Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, it is a legislative requirement that you will also be a member of the Care Inspectorate Board.

You will be accountable to Scottish Ministers for leading the Board, comprising non-executive and executive members and will understand and promote diversity.

An essential requirement of this post is that you can demonstrate an understanding of HIS and the challenges it faces. You must also be able to demonstrate skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Performance
  • Constructive/Supportive Challenge & Influencing
  • Communication

NHS Scotland's values are at the heart of everything that this organisation does. These values, as outlined in the NHS Scotland Workforce Strategy Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision guide the work of the Board in all that it does. As Chair of this 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 set out below:

  • care and compassion;
  • dignity and respect;
  • openness, honesty and responsibility; and,
  • quality and teamwork

Applications are invited from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service and are committed to the NHS in Scotland.

We value very highly the benefits of having different experiences and points of view on our Boards. Accordingly, we hope to receive applications from a wide range of talented people irrespective of their religion or belief, gender, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, political belief, relationship status or caring responsibilities.

The Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50. Please do complete our monitoring form when you apply as this helps us to ensure that the appointments process is accessible to everyone.

Remuneration: A daily rate of £164.85 (non-pensionable) is payable. You will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs, reasonable dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively, subject to Board policy.

Time commitment: As Chair of HIS you must be able to make a firm commitment to spend at least 3 days per week on Board and NHSScotland business. This includes the commitment you will give as a member of the Care Inspectorate Board. In all cases, the time will be a mix of daytime board meetings, daytime visits and other meetings, reading documents in your own time and attending stakeholder events, some of which may be in the evenings or at weekends. You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board's ongoing business needs.

Appointment details: Appointment will be for a period up to 4 years, subject to regular performance appraisals, with the possibility of re-appointment.

Location: Meetings for the Board will normally be held in either the Glasgow or Edinburgh offices. Meetings may, on occasion, be held elsewhere across Scotland. Regular meetings with other NHS Board Chairs and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing are held 6 times per year, in Edinburgh.

Assessment Process: Assessment will happen in two stages. The first stage will be the assessment of your written application against the essential requirements and values being tested at this stage. The second and final stage will be a values based assessment, which will involve a psychometric test; an observed role play exercise; and a competency based interview, with presentation. You will complete the psychometric test online at home and in advance of the other elements. The role play exercise will be held on the day prior to your interview; with interviews being held on 6 September 2018. As part of the interview, you will be asked to undertake a practical exercise, provided to you in advance, which will involve you preparing a verbal presentation for the panel. Both the role play exercise and interview will be held in Edinburgh.

For more information about the role of the Chair, you can contact Dame Denise Coia, Chair, NHS Board Chairs Group and Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, by calling Natalie Hannigan, Private Secretary to the Chair on 0141 227 3272 or by emailing Natalie.hannigan@nhs.net

Full details of the criteria to be met for the position are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application pack. Also included in the pack is more detailed information about HIS and their role within NHSScotland.

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

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 20th July 2018.

Appointments to Healthcare Improvement Scotland are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.
Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

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