Chief Medical Officer


LocationEdinburghAbout the jobSummaryThe Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Scotland post is a significant, and highly visible role, with regular Ministerial contact and a high external profile. The CMO is the chief medical adviser to the First Minister, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the wider Ministerial team and has direct access to them. The post is based within the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates (also operating as the headquarters of NHSScotland).Job descriptionThe postholder will report formally to the Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHSScotland. It is expected that the postholder will work collaboratively across the directorates in the Scottish Government, the NHS, the wider health and care system and public sector as well as a range of professional networks. You will be a champion for the culture, values and behaviours of the health and care system.ResponsibilitiesThe CMO is a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board (HSCMB) with direct involvement in discussions on all major policy issues. The CMO is supported by a Deputy CMO, the Chief Scientist (Health), the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and a Policy Deputy Director, together with a number of doctors (from within the Civil Service and seconded from the NHS). There are a number of policy teams which sit within the CMO’s responsibilities including, but not restricted to, teams who deal with realistic medicine, medical devices and pharmacy and medicines. In addition the CMO has access to a number of specialty advisers through SACMO (Speciality Advisors to the CMO) and a wide range of professional advisory networks.
As a member of the HSCMB, you will have collective responsibility for the delivery of the Cabinet Secretary’s priorities across a complex adaptive system. Affecting change in this system requires collaborative working and a commitment to fostering positive relationships. You will work with others to protect, sustain and enhance the health of the population in the context of recovery from the current coronavirus pandemic; longitudinal demographic changes; population health and inequalities; new and emergent technologies (including for example, data informatics, and precision medicine) and in the design and delivery of health and social care services.Benefits• Learning and development tailored to your role
•An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pensionThings you need to knowSecuritySuccessful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.MedicalSuccessful candidates will be expected to have a medical.Selection process detailsIf you are shortlisted, you will be provided with full details of the next stages of the selection and assessment process. This may include an individual psychological assessment, a media exercise and informal discussion with the Cabinet Secretary.
You may also have the opportunity to meet with key stakeholders prior to the final selection panel interview to learn more about the role and the organisation.
The location and format of the final selection panel interview will be confirmed in advance.Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.Nationality requirementsOpen to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.Working for the Civil ServiceThe Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.Apply and further informationOnce this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available.
You may want to save a copy for your records.Contact point for applicantsJob contact :Name : Elizabeth MichelakakisEmail : team :Email : informationReference number
Salary£140,000GradeSCS Pay Band 2Contract typePermanentBusiness areaOtherType of roleHealth AdviserWorking patternFull-timeNumber of posts1

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