Nov 162019

NHS Scotland - Chair Appointments

Reference: 1721
Remuneration: NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS Forth Valley posts is £31,149 per annum; and NHS Orkney is £28,854 per annum
Location: Various locations throughout Scotland
Closing date: 04 December 2019 at midnight

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint three new Chairs to the following Boards:

  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Forth Valley
  • NHS Orkney

The role

You will have the experience required for these significant appointments and will play a central leadership role in guiding the strategies which address the health priorities and health and care needs of the Boards' resident population. 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 these posts is that you can demonstrate an understanding of the organisation for which you are applying and the challenges it faces. You must also be able to demonstrate skills and experience in the following areas:

  • leadership;
  • governance;
  • performance management;
  • constructive/supportive challenge & influencing; and,
  • communication.

NHS Scotland's values are at the heart of everything that these organisations do. As Chair of one of these Boards, 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 these postions can be found in the Applicant Information Pack. The pack also provides additional information about NHS Scotland and each of the Boards 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 people with protected characteristics that are not fully reflected 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.

Appointment Information

Remuneration: The remuneration for the NHS Ayrshire & Arran and NHS Forth Valley posts is £31,149; and for NHS Orkney is £28,854. The remuneration is non-pensionable. 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. 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 at Board Headquarters, but may, on occasion, be held elsewhere in the Board area. 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. The role play exercise will be held prior to your interview date; with interviews being held on 13, 16 and 17 January 2020. 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 St Andrew's House, Edinburgh.

For more information about the roles, you can contact Malcolm Wright, Director General Health and Social Care/Chief Executive NHS Scotland by emailing

Completed applications must be received on or before Wednesday 4 December 2019.

Appointments to NHS Boards 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, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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