Dec 102018

Member - Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Reference: 1570
Remuneration: £227.48 per day
Location: Edinburgh, City of
Closing date: 11 January 2019 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 protecting the rights and welfare of people with mental illness, learning disability and related conditions. Please pass on details of this opportunity to anyone else you think may be interested.

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (the Commission) protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions. The Commission has a key statutory role in safeguarding individual rights and monitoring how the principles of mental health and incapacity legislation are applied in practice. Through direct interventions in the care and treatment of individuals using mental health and learning disability services, providing guidance and conducting investigations, the Commission has a strong influence on the quality of care and treatment provided for the people of Scotland.

The Commission 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 ensuring the efficient, effective and accountable governance of the organisation and play your part in providing strategic leadership and direction. This role is as challenging as it is rewarding – and you will be offered the training you'll need to make a strong contribution.

You must also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Current or recent (within the last two years) experience of being an unpaid carer (ie not as a paid careworker) for a friend or family member living with mental illness, a learning disability, dementia or related condition who uses or has used specialist services
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture' (eg strategic) thinking
  • Ability to analyse and review complex issues
  • Ability to build effective relationships and work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively
  • Enthusiastic and passionate in promoting individual rights

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. You do not need to be an expert in mental health or have previous experience of being on a Board, however, as indicated above, you will require to have current or recent experience as an unpaid carer.

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 and people aged under 50.

For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the the person specification, which forms part of the application pack. Also included in the pack is more detailed information about the Commission.

  • Remuneration: A fee of £227.48 (non-pensionable) is payable for each per day devoted to Commission business. You will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Commission duties and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively
  • Time commitment: A commitment of around 15 days per year is expected. This time will be a mix of daytime Board meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events throughout Scotland. You will need to have flexibility in order to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Commission's ongoing business needs
  • 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: Commission Board meetings will normally be held in Edinburgh.
  • Interviews: It is expected that interviews will be held on 20th February in Edinburgh.
  • Further information: If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact Alison McRae, Head of Corporate Services, Mental Welfare Commission on 0131 313 8764 or at

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

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 11th January 2019.

Appointments to the Commission 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, 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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