Health Board encourages applications to Board Member role

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Western Isles Health Board Chair, Neil Galbraith, is encouraging members of the public with an interest in contributing to the future improvement and enhancement of healthcare services for the local population, to consider applying for the rewarding role of non-executive director.

NHS Western Isles is currently looking for a new non-executive member to join its Board. Non-executive members play a central role in guiding the strategies which address the health priorities and healthcare needs of the population.

Mr Galbraith explained: “We are interested in having, as members of the Board, anyone who has an interest in, or concern for, the provision of health and social care in the Western Isles and who would like to get involved in helping to ensure that we provide first class services for patients and clients.

“The role involves working as part of a team of non-executives, acting in collaboration with executive directors of NHS Western Isles. This means working, though committee meetings, to address a wide number of health issues and, by scrutiny and constructive challenge, ensuring that everything we do to enhance and improve services is focused on the needs of patients and clients as the primary aim.”

The role takes up on average eight hours a week – in exchange for £7,332 (non-pensionable) a year plus reasonable travel and subsistence costs. Appointment will be for up to four years, with the possibility of re-appointment.

Mr Galbraith described: “The role is a rewarding one for the individual member in terms of personal satisfaction, since the improvement results of personal input into collective decisions on issues of health are fairly immediate, and real change for the better can be seen in practice with better outcomes for patients and clients.

“Members are involved in a range of decisions that affect patients in the Western Isles, whether this is at the level of strategic policy matters or simple changes that make life more comfortable for patients in their home or in hospital. Major issues, such as the integration of health and social care, and a new mental health strategy, are two important policy matters that are to be addressed by the Board in the immediate future.”

Mr Galbraith pointed out that there will be opportunities for training and highlighted that the Board operates a ‘buddy’ system where Board members with more experience of the workings of the Board are paired with new members to provide help and support.

He added: “Anyone who has a genuine interest in contributing to the health and wellbeing of the population of the Western Isles is encouraged to apply for membership of the Health Board. Background qualifications and skills can bring welcome strengths to the Board, but life experience and especially an interest in health are the key components sought by the Board in adding to its membership.”

For an application pack and full details on this and other public appointments, please visit the dedicated public appointments website:

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday, August 29th. It is expected that interviews will be held on September 30th in Stornoway.