Aug 032018

Member - The State Hospitals Board for Scotland

Reference: 1490
Remuneration: £8,251 per annum
Location: Lanark
Closing date: 31 August 2018 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 this opportunity to anyone else you think may be interested.

The State Hospital is one of four high secure hospitals in the UK. Located in South Lanarkshire in central Scotland, it is a national service for Scotland and Northern Ireland and one part of the pathway of care that should be available for those with secure care needs. The principal aim is to rehabilitate patients, ensuring safe transfer to appropriate lower levels of security.

The State Hospitals Board for Scotland 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 equitable provision of high quality, secure and clinically effective services to meet the mental health and social care needs of all patients. You will be offered the training you need to make a strong contribution.

For this post, you must also be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • financial, audit and risk experience;
  • an ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively;
  • an ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture' (eg strategic) thinking;
  • an ability to analyse and review complex issues; and
  • an understanding of effective governance.

You do not need to be an expert in mental 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.

The 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 the State Hospitals Board for Scotland and its 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 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 of the Board will normally be held within The State Hospital, Carstairs, Lanark.

Interviews: It is expected that interviews will be held on 3rd October in Edinburgh.

Further information: If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact the Chairman, Mr Terry Currie, by calling Margaret Smith, Board Secretary, on 01555 842009; 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 Friday 31st August 2018.

Appointments to the State Hospitals Board for Scotland 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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