Chief Executive
Eden Scott
Inverness, GB
12d ago

Closing date for applications Friday, 14th September at 12 noon

NHS Highland University Board is one of the fourteen territorial boards of NHS Scotland and employs around 10,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in the region.

We provide health and social care services to our resident population of over 320,000 covering urban, remote and rural locations from Kintyre in the south-

west to Caithness in the north-east, an area of some 32,500 square kilometres.

Elaine Mead, the current Chief Executive has recently announced her intention to leave the post at the end of 2018, after a highly successful tenure.

The Board now seeks to appoint a high-calibre Chief Executive who can continue to take the organisation forward and build on its reputation for innovation and quality.

NHS Highland is unique in its partnership approach to health and social care in Scotland and is at the forefront of successful integration.

We are held in high esteem internationally for our Highland Quality Approach to improvement and our commitment to introducing new ideas and methods, especially in response to the challenges presented by our remote and rural geography.

A great deal of that success has been achieved by the strong relationships the Board has built with its local partners, including local authorities, enterprise organisations, educational institutions, and other stakeholders.

It’s crucial that the new Chief Executive continues to strengthen these mutually beneficial ties.

There are many facets to the Chief Executive role and among the key deliverables are :

  • Develop the strategic vision and direction of travel for NHS Highland.
  • Report to the Chair NHS Highland as well as the Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and ultimately the Scottish Parliament as Accountable Officer.
  • Lead the strategic planning, resource allocation, service quality, performance management and governance of NHS Highland.
  • Lead the development of high-level holistic strategies for health improvement and health services in order to deliver high-
  • quality integrated health and social care and address the wider inequalities within the NHS Highland population.

  • Lead the organisation’s commitment to its core values and behavioural expectations, creating a positive and engaged culture between the organisation, its patients, communities, staff and partners.
  • Implement the Board’s vision and strategic framework, utilising the Highland Quality Approach (HQA) to ensure effective communication and engagement with all key stakeholders.
  • Plan and lead change to improve services, working closely with local agencies, community planning partners and other stakeholders.
  • Work in partnership with Highland and Argyll & Bute Local Authorities to deliver integrated health and social care.
  • As a key player, champion the design of sustainable remote and rural health services at local, regional and national levels.
  • Qualifications and / or Experience Specified for the Post

  • Educated to Graduate and Postgraduate level
  • Extensive senior management experience including strategic decision making
  • Knowledge and ability to operate within a large and complex system with a wide variety of partner organisations (Public, Private or Voluntary organisations)
  • Evidence-based track record of leading and delivering change within a complex organisational system with significant resource constraints
  • Proven leadership capability in complex organisational structures
  • Experience of influencing policy at national level
  • Proven experience of delivering on key performance targets
  • The post holder will require a high level of interpersonal, strategic and technical skills combined with a supportive and visible leadership style.

    He / she must have the necessary stature to earn the confidence and respect locally, regionally and nationally, to provide leadership to the organisation and deliver the agenda of major change.

    It will be essential to have the skills to develop a culture that encourages initiative, individual and team responsibility with open communication that motivates staff.

    The post holder will be educated to degree level with relevant postgraduate or equivalent qualifications. He / she will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience at Director level and / or as a senior manager in the NHS or similarly complex organisation.

    The role represents an outstanding opportunity for the appointed individual to lead the organisation in having a major impact on the health and well-

    being of the people of the Highlands and to do so by a values-based, sustainable and inclusive approach that delivers high-

    quality outcomes for all.

    Further details on the role; living in the Highlands; terms of the appointment and the recruitment process can be found at https : / / www. / client-campaigns / nhs-highland-university-board . You can also contact our Executive Recruitment partner Michelle Lownie of Eden Scott -

    for an informal discussion via michelle.lownie or on 0131 550 1104.

    To apply please forward an up to date CV to Michelle by no later than Friday, 14th September at 12 noon.

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