Chief Executive NHS Scotland and Director General Health & Social Care

The Scottish Government


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    circa £190,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    06 September 2020

  • Client

    The Scottish Government

Ref: GSe66746

Fixed Term Appointment for 3 years with the possibility of extension.

The Chief Executive NHS Scotland and DG Health and Social Care post is the most significant, high profile and influential leadership role in the Scottish public health sector. This is an outstanding opportunity: the chance to join the top leadership team of the Scottish Government and lead a core public service at a time of unprecedented challenge, as we recover and renew our health and social care services in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Job Description

You will be the Scottish Government’s principal policy adviser on Health and Social Care and you will support the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and other Ministers drive delivery and build strategic relationships with partners and stakeholders, and ensure Scottish Government resources are targeted towards enabling all people in Scotland to live longer, healthier lives.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, inclusive leader. You will lead from the front as a champion for diversity and inclusion, advocating and challenging the organisation to fulfil its ambitions. You will embody the Civil Service values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality. You will be comfortable working without a settled hierarchy but with a distinct and shared sense of delivery with your colleagues, using your skills and experience to drive improved performance and the development of teams and individuals.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland.

Closing dateMidnight on Sunday 6th September 2020
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySandersonMonday 14th and Tuesday 15th September 2020
Psychometric Assessments by Keil Centrew/c 28th September 2020
Final Panel InterviewsMonday 19th October 2020
How to Apply

Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae detailing career and achievements, as well as a supporting statement which addresses the role description and person specification. 

  • Supporting Statement – This should be no more than 2 sides of A4 and should explain how your qualifications, skills and experience meet the essential criteria. It is recommended that you consider structuring your statement to reflect these criteria. Typically candidates who use a sub-heading for each criteria are best able to communicate their suitability. If you feel that one example is sufficient to demonstrate your capability against more than one criteria, you may wish to address these under a sub-heading which combines several criteria.
  • CV – Please also send us your CV. This should provide details of your qualifications and career history with dates and reasons for leaving.
  • Diversity Monitoring Form – As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a Diversity Monitoring Form. Information given on the diversity monitoring form will be treated in strictest confidence and will be retained by HR for monitoring purposes. It will not be made available to those involved in the selection decision. Guidance on the Diversity Monitoring Form and why we ask you to complete it is available on our website:

Please note that completion of the form is mandatory in line with the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles and candidates who do not complete the form will not be shortlisted.

The closing date for applications is Midnight Sunday 6th September 2020

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson:

Jim Canning, Senior Researcher
M: +44 (0) 7384 113 158

Melanie Shearer, Partner
T: +44 (0) 7785 616 548

Michael Dobson, Partner
M: +44 (0) 7891 142 325