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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.

How to make a Freedom of Information request

Published 01 Apr 2015

Guidance on how to make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request or an Environmental Information request (EIR).

Freedom of Information Policy and Procedures

Published 01 Apr 2015

The Commissioner's policy and procedures for staff members, covering matters relating to Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations.

How The Commissioner Handles Information Requests

Published 01 Apr 2015

Guidance for the public on how the Commissioner will process a request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Good practice in assessment - Dumfries and Galloway NHS

Published 05 Nov 2014

This is a brief summary of an exercise that was used to simulate a situation that a board chair might realistically have to deal with once appointed. It was considered to be very a good way of assessing skills that the chair of this board was going to need to be successful.

CESPLS Annual Report 2013-14

Published 23 Oct 2014

This annual report summarises the work carried out by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life during 2013-14.

Complaints Leaflet - public appointments

Published 02 Oct 2014

This leaflet explaints how we handle complaints about public appointments

Guidance on application of the 2013 Code - Merit and Most Able

Published 08 Aug 2014

This guidance is issued by the Commissioner in terms of section 2 (6) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. It is intended to assist in the understanding and implementation of the 2013 Code of Practice and clarifies the Code's requirements in respect of the identification and appointment of the most able applicants.

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