Feb 182020

Board Member - NHS National Services Scotland

Reference: 2747
Remuneration: £8,584 per annum
Location: Edinburgh, City of
Closing date: 06 March 2020 at midnight

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 these opportunities to anyone else you think may be interested.

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) is a public sector organisation that has been providing services to NHS Scotland for over 40 years. We work at the heart of the health and care service, supporting our customers to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for the people of Scotland. By offering high quality services on a national scale, we free up resources so that they can be re-invested into essential services, all of which is crucial to the delivery of effective health and care.

NHS NSS is looking for two new members to join its Board. As a non-executive member of the Board, you will be expected to play a central role in supporting the delivery of the organisation's strategic direction in addition to contributing to scrutinising performance, and discharging governance and accountability functions. 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
  • Ability to build effective relationships with people who have competing interests
  • Ability to analyse and review complex issues
  • Ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture' (eg strategic) thinking

As well as the above requirements, for ONE of the posts, it would be desirable if you had the following:

  • Experience of working in the construction industry and/or hard and soft facilities management

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 that are under-represented, 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 NSS and its role within NHS Scotland.

  • Remuneration: £8,584 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.
  • 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 for the Board will normally be held in Edinburgh, but may on occasion be held elsewhere across Scotland.
  • Interviews: It is expected that interviews will be held on 22 and 28 April 2020 in Edinburgh.
  • Further information: If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Chair, Keith Redpath, by calling his Executive Assistant, Susan Ferguson, on 0131 275 7480; or by emailing susan.ferguson4@nhs.net.

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 Friday 6 March 2020.

Appointments to the NHS NSS Board are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.
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 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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