Eden Scott are delighted to be working with NHS borders to appoint a new Chief Executive. 


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How to Apply

Candidates should send an up to date CV to Michelle.Lownie@EdenScott.com by 5pm on 19th December 2018. Michelle is also available for an informal discussion on the role or to provide more information via her e-mail address or direct line 0131 550 1104.

Thank you for your interest in the post of Chief Executive of NHS Borders. If you believe you meet the requirements of the job I encourage you to apply.  Our NHS, and the Scottish Borders itself, have much to offer you. Any Chief Executive in the NHS has a challenging job.  I believe that to be one of the attractions. We want a leader who can inspire others; successfully manage the complexities of an NHS organisation and build strong relationships within and across partnerships. And we want a leader who can demonstrate commitment to our values and behaviours.

The successful candidate will be well supported to achieve.  We have a talented and innovative Board of Executive and Non Executive members; enthusiastic managers, clinical and professional staff.  As a regional Health Board we are big enough to make an impact; small enough to relate closely to our communities and the public we serve.  There is a strong community identity in Scottish Borders. People are proud of their hospitals and the wider health services.  They engage; are quick to praise and also to tell us when things are wrong.

Organisationally, Scottish territorial Health Boards offer the attraction for leaders and managers of embracing the whole spectrum of health services: acute and community hospitals; primary and community services; mental health; population health and wellbeing.  We work closely with our partner local authority, Scottish Borders Council, through an Integration Joint Board whose remit is to plan and commission joined up health and social care services.

There are opportunities for our Chief Executive to be involved in wider regional planning across Lothian and Fife as well as being able to contribute at a national level in Scotland.

As a place to live, Scottish Borders has many attractions. A large rural area of great scenic beauty; of intriguing history; of many villages and attractive small towns.  Schools are excellent; so too the range of sporting and social activities.  There’s easy access to Edinburgh by train or road and, going south, to Newcastle and Carlisle.

Should all this appeal, please go ahead and complete your application.  If short listed I look forward to meeting you.

John Raine

Chairman, NHS Borders


NHS Borders is one of the fourteen territorial boards of NHS Scotland, employing over 3000 people, making it one of the largest employers in the region. We provide health and social care services to our resident population of over 115,000 covering a variety of large towns through to small hamlets with a total geographic coverage of over 1800 square miles. The Borders railway provides excellent transport links to Edinburgh, the Lothians and onward to the wider central belt of Scotland.

Jane Davidson, the current Chief Executive, has recently announced her decision to retire in April 2019 after a highly successful career in the NHS, spanning over 25 years. 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 quality of care and as an excellent environment for patients and staff. NHS Borders is fully committed to living its values and these are defined as:

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

With a budget in excess of £240m and a challenging financial environment it’s vital that the incoming Chief Executive has extensive experience of managing a large, complex organisation with a wide variety of stakeholders within the NHS and the wider care and public sector community. For more information please download the full job advert.



Recruitment Timeline

19th December - closing date for all applications.
Mid-January 2019- shortlisting will take place and candidates will be notified. 
30th and 31st January 2019 - Shortlisted candidates to attend assessment centres, stakeholder event, plus a final interview panel. Candidates are required to be available for both days.



The terms and conditions of service for this post are subject to direction by the Scottish Government.

  • Remuneration: Executive level F which is £87,840 - £119,718 per annum (subject to review April 2018). Entry point on the salary scale will take account of previous experience. Performance management arrangements and pay progression are subject to direction by the Scottish Ministers as set out in PCS(ESM)2013/1 and guidance from the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates.
  • Hours of work: This post is full-time. Staff holding executive office should be prepared to work such hours as are necessary for the full performance of their duties and responsibilities. For pay purposes, the working week will be 37.5 hours per week.
  • Annual Leave: Annual leave entitlement is 35 days rising to 41 days after ten years’ service, inclusive of public holidays. The annual leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March.
  • Pension scheme: A very attractive and competitive pension scheme is in place. The appointment is superannuable under the NHS (Scotland) Superannuable Scheme, unless you opt out in favour of some other scheme or are ineligible to join. Your remuneration will be subject to deduction of superannuable contributions in accordance with the scheme. Costs and contributions as well as benefits are available on the SPPA website: www.sppa.gov.uk
  • Relocation: Relocation expenses will be payable to the successful candidate in accordance with the Board’s policy. NHS Borders will normally pay up to £8,000 towards removal expenses but this is open to discussion.

Further details on conditions of service can be found at: http://www.nhsemployers.org/employershandbook/afc_tc_of_service_handbook...


Living in the Borders

The Scottish Borders covers a large and scenically beautiful area of the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Predominately rural, it is historically a unique part of the country, the home of the Border Reivers, where annually each town maintains its links with the past during the season of Common Ridings.

Seven-a-side rugby originated in Melrose, and the Melrose event in particular draws large crowds each year. The Scottish Borders has tremendous facilities for sport and leisure. Glentress and Innerleithen mountain bike parks are world renowned for both cross country and downhill biking. The beautiful Berwickshire coast provides options for sea kayaking, surfing, diving and sea fishing. In addition there are facilities for fishing, golf, swimming, horse riding, cricket, football, hiking and many other activities.

Excellent cultural opportunities in terms of music and art societies, drama, and small theatres in Melrose and Selkirk as well as amateur opera. There are excellent restaurants, cinemas and shops. Excellent Fitness Centre in Galashiels and other Scottish Borders towns. There is a purpose built nursery in the grounds of the hospital.

The Scottish Borders offers all the benefits of rural life with very easy access to major cities such as Edinburgh (37 miles) Glasgow (75 miles) Newcastle (75 miles). Edinburgh is renowned for its cultural activities in music, including opera and ballet, theatre, cinemas (including a film theatre) and visual arts, and of course every year there is the world famous Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival.

Local transport links have improved greatly in the last year or so.  After an absence of almost 50 years, the Borders Railway has now opened, with train services to central Edinburgh running every thirty minutes (journey time 55 minutes approx).  Galashiels Railway Station is a few minutes walk from Galashiels Health Centre.

More information about living and working in the Borders can be found in the Candidate Information Pack.