Board Chair appointment: NHS Fife

Locations UK-Kirkcaldy
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(24/08/2023 10:00)
# of Appointments
GBP £33,351.00/Per Annum
Time Commitment
3 days per week
Public Body
Fife NHS Board


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Board Chair appointment: NHS Fife


Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to Fife NHS Board.


This is an exciting time to take on this important and challenging leadership role, which not only offers the opportunity to make a difference to the people in Fife, but also to contribute to the wider NHS in Scotland. You will play a role in supporting the recovery and reform of our NHS services following the significant impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on society; as well as supporting innovation and developing sustainable services with high quality, person centred, safe and effective care firmly at the heart of our strategic plans.


A large rural area with varied geography and several centres of population, NHS Fife is tasked with delivering high quality person-centred care whilst improving the overall health and wellbeing of the people of Fife.


You will be accountable to Scottish Ministers for leading the Board, comprising non-executive and executive members, which will improve, sustain and protect the health of people across the local population. This is a demanding but fulfilling role, and if you think you have what it takes, we would like to hear from you. 


You can find out more about NHS Fife by visiting: Welcome to the NHS Fife | NHS Fife


Remuneration and time commitment: You will be paid an annual remuneration of £33,351 (non-pensionable) for a time commitment of three days per week. Reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed. 


Location: The Chair would be expected to be physically at Board Headquarters in Hayfield House, Kirkcaldy on a regular basis, and also be available to undertake site visits to healthcare facilities and attend meetings held elsewhere in the Board area. Work commitments, Board and governance committees may be in a mix of virtual, hybrid and physical settings. Regular meetings with other NHS Board Chairs and the Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care are held 6 times per year


Assessment Process: Assessment will happen in two stages. The first stage will be your written application. The panel will consider the evidence provided at this application stage and the applicants who most closely meet the requirements being sought will be invited to the final assessment stage. The final stage of assessment will have various elements, comprising of:

  • work skills in action exercise – a situational role-play;
  • verbal presentation on a topic that will be notified to you in advance; and
  • a structured interview with both competency and values based questions.


The work skills in action exercise (role play) will take place on Wednesday 25 October 2023 and will be held virtually via MS Teams. Interviews will be held on Monday 30 October 2023 in St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh. If any of these dates would prove to be difficult for you, please email and we can explore what potential flexibility might be available.

Skills/Experience Required

We value very highly the benefits of having different experience and points of view on our Boards and we are keen to attract people from all walks of life and backgrounds to apply, who can bring vision, drive and resilience to lead at Board level. Whilst this appointment is open to anyone to apply, Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people currently under-represented at Chair level for appointments, including disabled people, people from ethnic minority communities, women and people aged under 50.


NHS Scotland’s values are at the heart of everything that this organisation does. These values 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 this 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.


In addition to the values highlighted above, we have identified a priority criterion which we consider to be particularly important for this role:

  • Strategic Leadership


You must also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Understanding of Scotland’s health and social care context and environment
  • Governance & Accountability
  • Constructive/Supportive Challenge & Influencing


For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the role, please see the Person Specification, which forms part of the Information for Applicants pack. Also included in the pack is more detailed information about Fife NHS Board and its role within NHS Scotland. 




  1. Download the applicants pack: NHS Fife Chair - Applicant Information
  2. Click on the blue button at the top right hand of this advert that says ‘apply for this job online’.
  3. Complete the information required on the website, this includes: contact details, monitoring information and a declaration of interests.  
  4. Download and complete this application form (word document): NHS Fife Chair - Application form
  5. Return the completed application form to: by 17:00 on Monday 2 October 2023.


If you require a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the appointments process or if require further support with your application, please contact the Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898 or email at




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