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Thank you for your interest in the Mental Welfare Commission.

This is a critical time for a new Chief Executive to lead and develop our role in protecting and promoting the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

You will have a great opportunity to shape not only the Commission's future role, but to also influence Scottish mental health and incapacity law. The legislation that is central to our work is almost 20 years old and is currently under review. This brings the potential for major examination of what is working and what might be improved in our laws, taking account of changes in society and in the environment in which we operate. The Commission’s Chief Executive is expected to work closely with the review team as they seek to create modern, forward looking legislation for Scotland.

While upgrading the Acts is important, it is critical that we keep a strong connection with what is happening now for people across Scotland. On the pressures on services, the changing needs of the population and the ways our current laws are being used and adhered to. We listen to professionals and to people with lived experience. Our Chief Executive and senior management team play a key role in highlighting deficiencies in care and treatment when we find them, and calling for change. You will be comfortable with leading the organisation as it undertakes this role, while you will be equally effective in developing strong relationships with government, health and social care authorities and others.

This is a key role, with much opportunity for an individual with the experience and drive to make a real difference. If you believe you have what it takes, I urge you to make your application.


Best wishes

Sandy Riddell, Chair