Eden Scott is delighted to be working with NHS Highland University Board to recruit a Chief Executive. 


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How to Apply

Candidates should submit an up to date CV to michelle.lownie@edenscott.com by Noon on Friday, 14th September 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.


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 321,900.  The Health Board covers two Local Authority areas, Highland and Argyll & Bute.  Geographically, it is the largest Health Board in Scotland covering an area of 32,500 km² stretching from Kintyre in the south-west to Caithness in the north-east. 

NHS Highlands University Board  is an equal opportunities employer supports the elimination of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation and trade union activity.


Recruitment Timeline

14th September (noon) - closing date for all applications.
25th September- shortlisting meeting takes place and applicants who are selected for the assessment centre will be notified. Online psychometric analysis will be carried out as soon as possible after this date.
4th and 5th October - NHS Highland assessment centre in Inverness.
18th October- final panel interviews

If you would like to find out more about NHS Highland, please click here for a comprehensive overview.


NHS Highland at a Glance

  • 41% of the landmass of Scotland with 36 populated Islands
  • 321,900 residents
  • 10,000 staff (headcount)/8,000 (WTE)
  • 250 hospital based consultants
  • 98 GP Practices (18 managed by NHS Highland)
  • 25 hospitals, made up of the following
    • 1 District General Hospital – Raigmore (Inverness)
    • 2 Two psychiatric hospitals  (New Craigs in Inverness and Argyll & Bute in Lochgilphead)
    • 3 Rural General Hospitals – Belford in Fort William, Caithness General, in Wick and Lorn and Islands in Oban
    • 20 Community Hospitals
  • 5 Emergency Departments/A&E centres
  • 14 Minor Injury Units
  • 15 Care Homes (Highland Council area)
  • 50,000 new outpatient appointments per annum
  • 39,000 attendances at Raigmore Emergency Department per annum
  • 38,000 inpatients per annum
  • 13,000 day case patients per annum
  • 2,000 births per annum (Raigmore Hospital)
NHS Highland



NHS Highland is continuing its work on what it calls the Highland Quality Approach (HQA) – a system of quality improvement – which is being embedded across the organisation.  Improvements are maintained by a management system that includes identification of problems, waste and rapid problem solving.  Organisational improvement activity is also aligned by a management system that includes cascading of corporate objectives.

 NHS Highland



NHS Highland is committed to providing high quality care to the population of the Highlands and Argyll & Bute in a safe, efficient and person centred way. Our strategic approach is founded on the triple aim: to deliver better health, better care and better value:


Delivering better health for our communities through population-wide and individually focussed initiatives. These aim to maximise health and wellbeing and prevent illness.

Delivering better care through quick access to modern treatments provided in modern facilities. Care will be delivered in the most appropriate setting and in clean and infection-free facilities by well-trained, motivated and professional staff.

Delivering better value to ensure that money is spent only on what is needed and reducing duplication, waste and errors, based on clinical evidence and improvement methodology.


Live, work, study and invest in the Highlands and Islands

The Highlands and Islands covers some 15000 square miles - more than half of Scotland. Of the 448,000 people who live here, half are under 44. The region is also home to more than 8,000 voluntary and community groups, and over 21,000 businesses - many of them well-known global brands. The Highland capital, Inverness, is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and frequently placed in the top five most desirable places to live.

Culture, sport and entertainment

Culture, sport and entertainment in a scenic location - the Highlands and Islands has something for everyone. Its diverse and dramatic landscape is made for outdoor sports and leisure pursuits and the region is ideal for exploring a whole range of activities - from climbing, golf and fishing to sailing, skiing and hill walking.

But it's not all about sport and the great outdoors. The arts play a huge role in Scottish Highland culture and identity - all over the Highlands and Islands there are plenty of opportunities to see, hear and get involved. Major rock, pop, folk and classical musical festivals take place in spectacular settings. And countless smaller venues deliver a thriving music, theatre and dance scene.

Natural heritage and contemporary life

The region has a rich and vibrant mix of cultural traditions, natural heritage and contemporary life. This, combined with a top-class education system, clean environment, low crime rate, affordable housing, excellent communications and a strong sense of community creates the perfect setting for family life. And a sound location for anyone looking to invest.