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Good practice in attraction and assessment - Lanarkshire NHS

Published 12 Jun 2014

This was a pilot appointment round commissioned by Alex Neil MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. The Cabinet Secretary had indicated that he was very keen for the round to use a more pro-active approach to publicising the opportunities to serve as board members and for a more accessible, engaging and attractive appointment process to be tried. In particular, the Cabinet Secretary wanted the exercise to be used as an opportunity for the board to engage effectively with the communities that it serves and for the round to generate a more diverse field of applicants than can sometimes be the case when standard approaches are tried. Read the full report to find out more about the innovative approaches that were used.

How we handle complaints about us

Published 01 Apr 2014

This document explains how we handle complaints made about us. It's based on the model provided by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman's Complaints Standards Authority (CSA).

Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland - effective attraction and assessment 2013

Published 03 Dec 2013

This example was from a recent appointment round that worked well. The advertising used was targeted to attract applications from applicants with a disability and the selection process itself was comparatively more accessible with simple and clearly expressed criteria for selection.

Effective attraction and assessment - Grampian NHS 2010

Published 15 Nov 2013

This example was from a pilot appointment round that worked well. The advertising used multiple channels and the pack and application and assessment methods were comparatively much more accessible. The combination of these approaches led to a much more diverse pool of applicants, many of whom hadn't considered applying previously.

Effective attraction and assessment - Tayside NHS 2011

Published 15 Nov 2013

This is an example of a slightly different approach to attraction and assessment for a health board round. The chair of the board used social media to encourage applications, particularly from younger people, and the use of a board paper proved to be a good test of relevant skills.

Effective planning and assessment - Orkney NHS 2010

Published 15 Nov 2013

An example of an approach to an appointment round that worked well. In this case there were very few essential criteria and one was very focused on the needs of the board and the particular position that had to be filled.


Published 30 Sep 2013

The Commissioner has published a revised Code of Practice in terms of section 2 (3) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. The revised Code comes into force on 1 October 2013. It is accompanied by guidance which may also be downloaded from our website.

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