Dec 202018

Member - NHS Shetland

Reference: 1590
Remuneration: £7,705 per annum
Location: Shetland
Closing date: 23 January 2019 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.

NHS Shetland is responsible for meeting the health needs and improving the health of around 23,000 people living in the Shetland Islands. NHS Shetland employs approximately 620 staff and provides a comprehensive range of acute, mental health, primary and community services. Since April 2016 NHS Shetland's fully integrated Health and Social Care Partnership became fully operational and NHS Shetland works closely with the Integration Joint Board.

NHS Shetland 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 guiding the strategies which address the health and social care priorities and care needs of the resident population and monitor the performance of the Board in delivering these. 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 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.

An essential requirement for this post is that you can demonstrate knowledge about or connection to the delivery of health and social care services in the area served by the Board. You must also be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively
  • Ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders who have competing interests
  • Ability to analyse and review complex issues
  • Ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture' (eg strategic) thinking

Although not essential, it would be helpful if you could also demonstrate one or both of the following:

  • Financial, audit and risk experience
  • Commercial understanding

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.

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 role, please see the the person specification, which forms part of the application pack. Also included in the pack is more detailed information about NHS Shetland 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 will not exceed eight years.
  • Location: Meetings of the Board, its Committees and the Integration Joint Board will normally be held in Lerwick, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area
  • Interviews: It is expected that interviews will be held on 27th February in Lerwick.
  • Further information: If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Chairman, Mr Gary Robinson, by calling Pauline Moncrieff, Personal Assistant to the Board Chair, on 01595 743648, or by emailing [email protected].

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 Wednesday 23rd January 2019.

Appointments to Shetland NHS Board 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 [email protected], or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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