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Why should you consider being an NHS Chair?

Chair roles are not for the faint of heart, they are challenging but can also be one of the most fulfilling roles you will undertake. Joining an NHS Scotland Health Board as a Chair is a fantastic opportunity to affect change, to help set future direction and achieve the NHS vision, “for people to live longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting.”


As a Chair for NHS Scotland you will have opportunities to make a real difference for the community you serve. You will support the strategic vision through governance functions to ensure innovation and sustainable services of high quality that are person centred, safe and effective.

The role itself has 5 key elements; 

  • Understand the organisation and the environment in which it operates
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Governance and Accountability
  • Constructive/Supportive Challenge and Influencing
  • Communication Skills.

Each one of these supports the organisation to navigate challenges and strive for the best outcomes for the community. Underpinning these are the NHS Scotland Values that set out the culture and vision; 

  • Care and compassion
  • Dignity and respect
  • Openness, honesty and responsibility
  • Quality and teamwork.

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