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Revised Guidance on Application of the 2013 Code of Practice

Published 19 Jan 2016

This guidance updates and replaces the original statutory guidance of October 2013 that was introduced to coincide with publication of the 2013 Code of Practice. It incorporates the Commissioner's guidance on "merit and most able", issued in Augurst 2014, and includes a number of additional changes intended to enhance the operation of the public appointments process. The revised guidance is effective from 25 January 2016.


NHS Health Scotland - Good Practice in Planning, Attraction and Assessment

Published 05 Jan 2016

This round sought to find four new board members for NHS Health Scotland. Good practice in planning for the round was developed into an excellent strategy for attraction and an alternative approach to assessment that followed similar approaches successfully used for territorial health board appointment rounds.

Creative Scotland pilot round - good practice in attraction and assessment

Published 20 Nov 2015

This brief report describes the first round on which a draft competency framework for board members was piloted. It also describes how the framework assisted with implementation of the Commissioner's guidance on application of the Code.

Report - Thematic Review of Operation of the 2013 Code

Published 06 Jul 2015

This report sets out the Commissioner's findings and recommendations following a thematic review into the operation of the 2013 Code of Practice. It set out to assess whether lessons from previous appointment activity are being fed into subsequent rounds and leading to improvements in the process and the system more widely.

Scottish Government letter to applicants

Published 15 Jun 2015

This letter sets out the Scottish Government response to the feedback provided by applicants and the issues highlighted in our 2014 applicant research report.

2014 Applicant Research

Published 11 Jun 2015

This is our third applicant research study. It builds on the results received in previous surveys and the views of respondents have given us a wealth of useful information on their experience of applying for public appointments. The research is fully supported by the Scottish Government who have committed to considering the data provided to make improvements to the applicant experience. We are grateful to those who provided time and effort giving invaluable feedback which formed the basis of the findings.

Good practice in attraction and assessment - Fife and Dumfries & Galloway NHS boards

Published 15 May 2015

These appointment rounds built successfully on the pilot round run for Lanarkshire NHS in 2014. This report summarises how learning from the initial pilot was taken forward to inform the approaches taken to attract and recruit people to two other health boards.

Good practice in assessment - Scottish Police Authority

Published 08 May 2015

This is a brief summary of an exercise that was used to assess applicants for the Scottish Police Authority. The selection panel used an alternative approach for initial applications and an additional assessment exercise was used at the interview stage to simulate an activity that board members would be engaged in if appointed.



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