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Grant Reilly


15th October 2021


Public Appointments: Western Isles NHS Board


Remuneration:£8,095 per annum


Closing date:03 November 2021 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 these opportunities 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 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.  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.  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.

In addition to the values highlighted above, you must live in the Western Isles and be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Knowledge about and connection to the delivery of health and social care services in the area served by the Board.
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to contribute effectively to the decision making of the Board

Although not essential for either of the roles, it would be helpful to the Board at this time if you also had the following:

  • Digital technology expertise

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 develop their skills and to learn new skills they may require.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people that are under-represented on the current Board, such as disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people aged under 50 and Gaelic speakers.

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

Remuneration:   £8,095 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, either in person or remotely as appropriate, at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs.  Should you be required to contribute more than the average 8 hours per week on a regular basis, then, at the discretion of the Board Chair, you may receive additional remuneration.

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 and its Committees will normally be held in Stornoway, but may on occasion be held elsewhere in the NHS Board area.  A number of committee meetings allow for remote participation.  As we continue to live with Covid-19, currently meetings are generally held remotely using a virtual platform, for which you will receive appropriate training and support.  Going forward, the expectation is that the work will be a blend of virtual and physical meetings.

Interviews:  Interviews will be held on 7th and 8th December 2021.  Given the continued concern with regard to Covid-19 case numbers, we are currently planning for the interviews to be conducted via MS Teams.  We will review this nearer the time and if Public Health guidance indicates it is safe to do so, and if Scottish Government policy allows, we may consider holding these face to face, which would be in Stornoway.

Further information:  If you would like to discuss these opportunities in more detail, you are welcome to contact the Chair, Gillian McCannon, by calling Michelle McPhail, Business Manager, on 01851 708044; or by emailing

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

Completed applications must be received on or before Wednesday 3rd November 2021.

Appointments to Western Isles NHS Board are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

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