May 252018

Members - NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS Lanarkshire

Reference: 1462

Remuneration: £8,251 per annum

Location: Ayrshire & Arran and Lanarkshire

Closing date: 13 June 2018 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.

The work undertaken by NHS Boards across the country provides the strategic framework to ensure that the management of our healthcare is more efficient, more accountable and more effective. These Boards bring together key partners,

who deliver our healthcare. One of the main functions of these different bodies is to put government policies into practice in the best way possible. NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS Lanarkshire are two of the 14 territorial Boards - they are responsible for the protection and the improvement of their population's health, and for the delivery of frontline healthcare services.

This is an exciting time to join an NHS Board. The publication of the Scottish Government's Health and Social Care Delivery Plan set out a programme to further enhance health and social care services; working so the people of Scotland can live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is responsible for protecting and improving the health of a population of around 400,000. NHS Ayrshire & Arran is looking for one new member to join its Board, who will be appointed to the committees of the Board, including from the outset, the North Ayrshire Integration Joint Board and the Performance Governance Committee.

NHS Lanarkshire is responsible for protecting and improving the health of a population of around 660,000. NHS Lanarkshire is looking for two new members to join its Board. Both will be required to be members of the Integration Joint Board(s) and serve on a number of committees. In addition, for one of the posts we are looking for someone who will bring the levels of financial, audit and risk experience to enable them to take on the role of the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Both Boards work closely with local authorities and third sector partners in providing an integrated system of community-based health and social care.

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 all of these posts you must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • knowledge about or connection to the delivery of health and social care services in the area served by the Board (relevant to the role(s) you are applying for); * an ability to communicate effectively;
  • an ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively;
  • an ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders who have competing interests
  • an ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture' (eg strategic) thinking; and
  • an ability to analyse and review complex issues.

If applying for the NHS Lanarkshire Board – Finance, Audit and Risk post, you must also be able to demonstrate the following priority criterion:

  • Relevant financial, audit/risk experience

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 grow into the role, to develop their skills and to learn new skills they may require.

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.

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 NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS Lanarkshire and their role within NHS Scotland.

  • Remuneration: £8,251 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 a minimum of 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.
  • 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: The meetings for Ayshire & Arran NHS Board are held across Ayrshire on a rotational basis.
    Meetings for Lanarkshire NHS Board will normally be held in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.
  • Interviews: It is expected that interviews will be held on the 10th, 12th and 13th July in Glasgow. If you are invited for interview to be considered for both the NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS Lanarkshire posts, this will be one interview during which all of the criteria relevant to both sets of posts will be assessed. If you have applied for a post in only one of the Boards and are invited for interview, you will be assessed on the relevant criteria for that Board.
  • Further information: If you would like to find out more about the roles on either of these Boards, you are welcome to contact:
    Ayrshire & Arran NHS Board Chair, Dr Martin Cheyne, by calling Laura Parker, Personal Assistant to the Chair, on 01292 513628, or by emailing
    Lanarkshire NHS Board Chair, Mrs Neena Mahal, by calling Jacqueline Murdoch, Executive Assistant to the Chair & Chief Executive, on 01698 858176; or by emailing

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 Wednesday 13th June 2018.

Appointments to both these 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, 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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