Oct 132019

Chair - NHS Highland

Reference: 1709
Remuneration: £31,149 per annum
Location: Inverness
Closing date: 01 November 2019 at midday

Highland NHS Board Chair appointment

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to Highland NHS Board.The role

You will have the experience required for this significant appointment and will play a central leadership role in guiding the strategies which address the health priorities and health and care needs of the people of Highland. If you have what it takes to fulfil this rewarding and challenging role, we would like to hear from you. You will be accountable to Scottish Ministers for leading the Board, comprising non-executive and executive members, which will improve, sustain and protect the health of the local communities. You will understand and promote diversity. An essential requirement of this post is that you can demonstrate an understanding of the Board 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; and,
  • communication.

NHS Scotland's values are at the heart of everything that this organisation does. As Chair 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.

The NHS Scotland values as outlined in the NHS Scotland Workforce Strategy Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision are:

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

Further information about the role of the Chair and essential criteria to be met for the position can be found in the Applicant Information Pack. The pack also provides additional information about NHS Scotland and the Board of NHS Highland and can be accessed from the link below.


We value different experience 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, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, women 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.

For the first time, we are also inviting applications from people who wish to undertake the role on a role-share basis. In such cases, applicants will apply as a ‘partnership' but be assessed individually, in the same manner as all other applicants. Both ‘partners' will need to be successful at each stage of the assessment process. Further details are provided in the Application Information Pack.

Appointment Information

  • Remuneration: £31,149 per annum (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 the Board, you must be able to make a firm commitment to spend 3 days per week on Board and NHS Scotland business. Role-share partners must also be able to commit to a combined total of 3 days per week and remuneration will not be provided for handover periods. In all cases, the time will be a mix of daytime board meetings, daytime visits and other meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events, some of which may be in the evenings or at weekends and may involve you having to travel. You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board's ongoing business needs. You will also have the opportunity to engage in regional and national level activities.
  • Appointment details: Appointment will usually be for 4 years, subject to regular performance appraisals, with the possibility of re-appointment.
  • Location: Meetings for the Board will normally be held in Inverness. Meetings for other committees and the Integration Joint Boards are held across Highland. Regular meetings with other NHS Board Chairs and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport are held 6 times per year, in Edinburgh.
  • Assessment Process: Assessment will happen in two stages. The first stage is a written application form. The second and final stage will involve a psychometric test, role-play exercise and a competency based interview. You will complete the psychometric test online at home and in advance of the interview. Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Friday 22 November. 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.

For more information about the role, you can contact Malcolm Wright, Director General Health and Social Care/Chief Executive NHS Scotland by emailing dghsc@gov.scot.

Completed applications must be received on or before MIDDAY Friday 1 November 2019.

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 PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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