NHS Dumfries & Galloway

NHS Board Member appointments

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Are you looking for a rewarding and worthwhile opportunity to help shape the way health and social care services are delivered in Dumfries and Galloway? If so, we would like to hear from you. We are seeking to appoint three new non-executive members to our Board. Applications are invited from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service and are committed to NHS and care services in Scotland. Please pass on details of this opportunity to anyone else you think may be interested.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is responsible for meeting the health needs of over 150,000 people living in the region, and works with partner organisations to provide a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services tailored for the whole population.

The Board is looking for three 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 development and delivery of strategies which address the health priorities and health care needs of the resident population. You will help to ensure the Board provides high quality services, supports the wellbeing of its staff, is efficient and effective and engages with its stakeholders. You will be offered the training you’ll need to make a strong contribution.
The application pack describes the range of qualities we are looking for, but to complement the skills already available on the Board, we are looking for candidates who may have specific experience of one of the following essential criteria:

  • An understanding of the economic development, deprivation, and inequality challenges facing the communities of Wigtownshire
  • Direct experience of working in a complex organisation outwith the public sector at a senior level.
  • Personal experience of accessing, or supporting someone in accessing, health and/or social care service for a range of conditions.

In addition to the priority criteria above, you must also be able to demonstrate the following general criteria:

  • Ability to demonstrate NHS Scotland’s shared values. These are:
      • care and compassion;
      • dignity and respect;
      • openness, honesty and responsibility; and,
      • quality and teamwork
  • Experience of working co-operatively and collaboratively
  • Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively

Although not essential for any of the roles, it would be helpful to the Board at this time if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criterion:

  • People who can bring the authentic voice of the younger community to the Board
  • Value for Public Money

We do not expect you to be an expert in healthcare, we are looking for people who have the capacity and commitment to grow into the role, to develop their existing skills and to learn new ones they may require.

We value very highly the benefits of having different experience and points of view on our Boards. Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented on The Board of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, such as: disabled people, LGBTI+ people, and those from black and minority ethnic communities.

For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the person specification, which forms part of the application pack. Also included in the pack is more detailed information about NHS Dumfries & Galloway and its role within NHS Scotland. 

Remuneration: £8,930 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: The Board is based at the Mountainhall Treatment Centre in Dumfries.

Interviews: Interviews will be held online via MS Teams on 23, 24 & 28 February 2023.

To Apply: In order for your application to be considered you must complete a two stage

For stage one, please click on the Apply for this job online link at the top right
hand side of this advert to complete contact details, monitoring information and the
declaration of interest.

For stage two, please download and complete the Application Form – Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board – Members – Application Form 

Further information:

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Chair, Nick Morris, via his secretary, Linda McKie, on 01387 272743, or by emailing linda.mckie@nhs.scot.

For full information on the appointments, please read the Application Information Pack
accessed via the link below.

Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board – Members – Applicant Information Pack

The dedicated public appointments website allows you to apply online: www.appointed-for-scotland.org.

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 by calling 0300 244 1898; or by emailing Public.appointments@gov.scot

Completed applications must be received on or before 17:00 on 31 January 2023.

Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK. Please see
the applicants’ pack for further information
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