Chief Executive

Lindsay Burley

Thank you for your interest in the post of Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

NES is NHS Scotland's education and training body ensuring that patients and their families get the best healthcare possible from well trained and educated staff.  We reach across all health care disciplines and the 150,000 staff in the Scottish NHS.  We work very closely with colleagues in health boards across Scotland to ensure that the NHS workforce is appropriately skilled for the needs of a diverse country, ranging from inner cities to rural populations and isolated communities.  Increasingly we are working with colleagues in social services and the third sector, recognising the demands of real integration that will impact positively on people throughout the country.

NHS Scotland has had clear quality ambitions for several years:  for a Safe, Clinically Effective, Person Centred service.  And across the country the NHS has made great strides to achieve these.

NHS Scotland also has its 2020 Vision - that by the year 2020 everyone is able to live longer healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting.  One way in which we are achieving this is by the integration of health and social care and Scotland is in the middle of a very significant shift towards local integrated joint boards having a major role in the commissioning and delivery of health and social care.

NHS Education for Scotland plays a central role in achieving this ambitious agenda.

These are challenging times.  I don’t need to rehearse the well known pressures on health services – financial constraints, an ageing population with increasing morbidity, rapidly developing technological advances that demand equally rapid change in the way in which we deliver our services.  These require innovative solutions, particularly in the way in which a highly skilled workforce is trained and enabled to be adaptable and resilient through careers that will demand a level of flexibility that has not been necessary previously.

NHS Education for Scotland must be at the leading edge of this innovation.

After over a decade as Chief Executive of NES, Malcolm Wright has moved to new challenges at NHS Grampian, leaving us with a well ordered organisation, robust systems of governance and strong relationships with a large number of partner agencies.  In our new Chief Executive, we are seeking a leader who is able to run a large complex organisation that covers the whole of Scotland, and who has very well developed influencing and negotiating skills to allow him or her to work with an increasingly diverse and demanding range of external organisations. 

While we cover the whole of Scotland, our headquarters are in Edinburgh, which offers a very high quality of life and is a wonderful place to live and work.

If you would like to know more about NES, and you think you are the right person to be our new Chief Executive please contact Ken Dalgleish at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

Yours faithfully

Dr Lindsay Burley

Chair, NHS Education for Scotland


Message from Lindsay Burley, NES Board Chair