Aug 182019

Western Isles NHS Board - Members

Reference: 1683
Remuneration: £7,705 per annum
Location: Stornoway
Closing date: 09 September 2019 at midday

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.

NHS Western Isles is responsible for meeting the health needs of around 26,950 people living in the Western Isles, and provides a comprehensive range of acute, mental health, primary and community services.

NHS Western Isles 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 guiding the strategies which address the health priorities and health care needs of the resident population. You will be offered the training you'll need to make a strong contribution.

For these positions you must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • NHSScotland Values
    • care and compassion;
    • dignity and respect;
    • openness, honesty and responsibility; and,
    • quality and teamwork.
    • Good communications skills
    • Able to see the ‘bigger picture'
  • Governance

It would be helpful if you can also demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

  • Knowledge about, or connection to, health and/or social care services
  • Understanding of the issues that can affect the quality of the health and social care experience of groups under-represented on the Board, specifically Young people, Gaelic speakers and Ethnic Minorities.

In addition to the above requirements, for one of the posts being filled, we would like to hear from someone who can also bring financial experience to enable them to offer advice to the Board and also participate in the Audit and Finance Committees for both the NHS Board and Integration Joint Board.

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 people currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people, people aged under 50 and people from a BME background.

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 Western Isles and its role within NHS Scotland.

Remuneration: £7,705 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 in the same role will not exceed eight years.

Location: Meetings of the Board and its Committees will normally be held in Stornoway, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.

Interviews: It is expected that interviews will be held on the 30-31 October in Stornoway.

Further information: If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Chairman, Mr Ian Burgess, by calling Michelle McPhail, Business Manager, on 01851 708044; 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 before midday 9 September 2019.

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

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