NHS Shetland

Eden Scott is delighted to be recruiting a Chief Executive for

NHS Shetland


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Thank you for your interest in this role of Chief Executive of NHS Shetland.  

In  Shetland we are justly proud of our health service and strive to deliver excellent services for our community.  To enable this we need to ensure that we attract, develop and invest in our workforce.  As Chief Executive you will need to develop strong relationships across the public sector to align efforts behind a clear strategy and act as an ambassador for the organisation, building positive relationships of influence amongst the key partners, our community, politicians and wider stakeholder groups. Active and dynamic leadership of the organisation will be vital, developing a culture of success. Responsible for developing a senior management team, the Chief Executive will build the culture, capability and capacity of the organisation.

Along with ensuring ongoing excellent performance, you must be able to demonstrate that you are committed to our values and behaviours.

NHS Shetland is co-terminus with its Local Authority, Shetland Island Council and we work closely through an Integration Joint Board whose remit is to plan and commission joined up health and social care services.  You will be joining us at a time when we are not only reviewing our Integration Scheme but also looking to pick up the pace on transformation.

If successful you will be supported to develop and to achieve, you will have a local, regional and national remit and will have the opportunity to work with a Board of Executive and Non executive Directors, senior managers, clinical and professional staff who are sighted on delivering safe, effective and joined up patients services.

Shetland is a great place to live, the quality of life is excellent, our natural environment is breathtaking, schools are high ranking, our infrastructure, culture, sporting and social activities wide ranging.  We have regular transport links by air and sea to the Scottish mainland and beyond.

If you are a leader who has inspired others, is able to motivate to deliver excellent performance both within NHS Shetland and influence partners building strong supportive relationships then this may be the job for you.

I hope that you will find this opportunity exciting and compelling with an opportunity to contribute to our future.  If you believe you have the skills and are up for the challenge then please apply; both NHS Shetland and Shetland itself have much to offer you.

Thank you for your interest in our post of Chief Executive of NHS Shetland.

Gary Robinson

Chair of NHS Shetland

 NHS Shetland's vision is that by 2025 everyone is supported in their community to live longer, healthier lives and will have reduced health inequalities

The Chief Executive is the accountable officer for NHS Shetland and as such provides overall leadership to and management of NHS Shetland.

The role of the Chief Executive is a critical leadership role in the organisation. The key purpose of this role is to develop the strategic vision and direction of travel through visible, clear and consistent leadership. The Chief Executive creates and continually develops the organisational culture, levering the key strategic changes necessary to deliver high quality healthcare, improve health and address inequalities for the Shetland Community and to do so in line with NHS Shetland’s values and its Community Plan 2019-2022.


£79,663 to £105,927

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

Sick pay

Sickness allowance depends on the length of continuous service and is on a scale ranging from one month’s full pay plus two months’ half pay during the first year of service, up to six months’ full pay plus six months’ half pay after completing five years of service.


Relocation expenses will be payable to the successful candidate in accordance with the Board’s policy. NHS Shetland will normally pay up to £8,000 towards removal expenses. Further details on conditions of service can be found at: http://www.nhsemployers.org/employershandbook/afc_tc_of_service_handbook...

How to apply

Please forward an up to date CV to michelle.lownie@edenscott.com or contact Chris Logue or Michelle Lownie of Eden Scott (recruitment partners to NHS Shetland) on 0131 550 1100.

Key dates

Friday, 20 September at 5pm: closing date for applications

w/c 7 October: shortlisting meeting

23 and 24 October: assessment event and final panel interviews in Shetland – candidates must be available for both days. 

In promoting equal opportunities, NHS Shetland welcomes applications from all sections of the community.