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sportscotland chair appointment round - good practice in planning and assessment

Published 06 Jun 2016

This report summarises an exercise in planning and assessment. It discusses how the competency framework trialled on the Creative Scotland pilot appointment round was adapted specifically for a chair appointment round. It also refers to the high quality of early engagement with the minister to ensure that the panel knew precisely what would be required of a successful chair for the board.


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.

Visitscotland - good practice in attraction and assessment

Published 14 Jan 2016

This appointment round carried forward lessons learned from the Creative Scotland pilot appointment round in terms of assessment using the competency framework. It also employed an attraction strategy used for appointments to other enterprise bodies by working in partnership with Changing the Chemistry to attract women to apply for the roles as this group was underrepresented on the board.

Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland - Good practice in planning, attraction and assessment

Published 06 Jan 2016

This round sought to find four new board members for the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland. Good practice in planning for the round involved use of a draft competency framework for board members.

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.

PAA Charging and Travelling Time Policy

Published 03 Sep 2015

This document for Public Appointments Advisers details how to charge fees and travelling time.

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.



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