Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership – Chief Officer

Our Chief Officer will lead the effective and compassionate delivery of services that support the daily lives and longer term future of our mainland and island communities. This is a role that really makes a difference. We look forward to welcoming a leader able to make a valuable and valued difference for our teams and our communities. The HSCP’s strategic aim is that people in Argyll and Bute will live longer, healthier and independent lives. If you can and want to lead our committed teams in making that happen, find out more about joining us.

People in Argyll and Bute will live longer, healthier independent lives 

Argyll and Bute Strategic Plan 2022-25 

Job Title

Chief Officer, Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership

Reports to

Chief Executives, NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council

Accountable to

Chief Executives, NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council and the Argyll and Bute Integrated Joint Board

Terms and Conditions

The Appointments Panel will make an appointment offer on either Local Government or NHS terms and conditions, including salary. This will determine the pension scheme. Please see separate documents regarding terms and conditions for NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council

Post Status



  • Argyll and Bute Council SCP43 £118, 354 or
  • NHS Grade ESM E £91,926 – 118,361


Flexible in Argyll and Bute

Closing date


Message from the Chief Executives of NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Officer at Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP)

We are a forward thinking, high performing and ambitious organisation that focuses on delivering person centred and integrated services across our beautiful and complex area. If you relish a challenge, have a passion for public service and see your next career role in this beautiful region, then Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership is an ideal place for you to grow, develop and deliver.

Working to the Chief Executives of the Council and NHS Highland, alongside their leadership teams, you will provide overall strategic leadership for the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership. Leading our integrated teams to deliver the strategic vision for the people of Argyll and Bute.

With 23 inhabited islands, six main towns and remote communities, and an ageing demographic our challenges demand creativity and a commitment to innovate. Our Integration Joint Board is responsible for all services, from social care to acute health care, as delegated to NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council. We have a talented, professional and creative workforce who are themselves committed to doing their very best for those who rely on us most. We are based firmly in our communities and work closely with colleagues in the third and independent sector, strengthening and building relationships every day. With strong communication, engagement and partnership skills, you will be central to ensuring that the HSCP works closely with our communities, listening to them and ensuring that we deliver the services that they need.

Our ideal candidate will have a proven track record in strategic and values based leadership, management and transformational change. You will have the opportunity to make a career defining impact, taking a leadership role in our culture journey, supporting our workforce to thrive and transforming the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Pam Dudek, Chief Executive, NHS Highland
Pippa Milne, Chief Executive, Argyll and Bute Council

Job Purpose and Overview

Accountable to the Chief Executives of the Council and NHS, to develop and lead the integrated services delegated to the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.
To ensure delivery and provision of efficient, effective and professional health and social care services to the communities of Argyll and Bute that reflect the vision, values and strategic objectives of the Health and Social Care Partnership.

To lead on behalf of the Integration Joint Board, the planning, resourcing, performance management and operational delivery of all integrated services within the Strategic Plan.
To be the accountable officer responsible for the strategic planning, budgetary management, performance and governance arrangements for all NHS services, adult social care, children and families and justice services in Argyll and Bute.
To agree and pursue best outcomes for patients, people who use services and carers in Argyll and Bute, by leading the development of the Strategic Plan, in accordance with the provisions agreed within the Public Bodies (Joint Working)(Scotland) Act 2014 [The Act] and the Regulations and Orders relating to this Act. This includes systematic review of the Integration Scheme, which must be agreed between NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council prior to submission to the Government.
To be responsible for delivering the Vision for the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership: The People in Argyll and Bute will live longer, happier and healthier lives and deliver on the vision for integration, to improve the wellbeing of people who use health and social care services, particularly those whose needs are complex and involve support from health and social care at the same time.
To participate, as appropriate, as a Director level officer, both with the Council and NHS, in the corporate and strategic management and governance of both organisations. To be accountable for ensuring that the organisations corporate and strategic objectives are reflected and met.
To work collaboratively with the Senior Management Teams of Argyll and Bute Council and NHS Highland and provide a single senior point of overall strategic leadership for the employees in the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.
To lead the integrated systems of Clinical, Care and financial governance.
To maintain and continuously develop an integrated risk management processes, which provides assurance to the Integrated Joint Board and its partner bodies.
To be the accountable officer for the performance of the partnership which will be reported to the Integration Joint Board and also to the joint partners through the Chief Executive Officers.
To drive change to better utilise limited resources.
To provide a strategic leadership role, strengthening partnership arrangements between NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council, ensuring strong partnerships with the independent and third sectors.
To will provide a point of joint accountability for performance of services to the Integration Joint Board, through which there is accountability to the full Council and NHS Highland Board, as set out in the Scheme of Integration.
As a Director level manager in Argyll and Bute Council/NHS Highland, and therefore with a wider governance role in both organisations, to provide input on a wide range of health and social care related issues and to the wider corporate and strategic management of the partner agencies.

Scope / Dimensions

The Annual Revenue Budget for Argyll and Bute HSCP (2023/24) is approximately £356m:
This Chief Officer will assume line management responsibility for the integrated Strategic Leadership Team of the Argyll and Bute HSCP.
The total head count in the Argyll and Bute HSCP (2023) is approximately 2400 (not including casual / bank staff). This covers NHS (1617) and Council (782)
Population: Argyll and Bute 86,220 (NRS 2021 MYE)
Geography: 2,700 miles of coastline, 23 inhabited islands and 6 main towns.
Our geography presents significant challenges in providing health and social care services, with a limited internal transport and communications infrastructure. There is also a large additional visitor population in summer and winter.
To achieve effectiveness across the organisation a matrix management approach, excellent remote leadership skills and collaborative working is essential.

Recruitment Process

Applications should be submitted on MyJobScotland here (insert link).
Shortleeting against the essential and desirable criteria will be carried out by the appointments panel at a leeting meeting following the closing date. Candidates selected will then be invited to participate in an online Assessment Centre operated by SOLACE in Business. This will inform the assessment process. Candidates will also be asked to meet with a representative panel of HSCP stakeholders. A final Panel Interview comprising members of the Council, the NHS Board, the IJB and the Chief Executives of Argyll and Bute Council and NHS Highland will be held in person in Argyll and Bute Council Headquarters, Kilmory, Lochgilphead. Candidates will be sent a topic to make a short presentation and will be asked a series of questions.

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership Strategic Leadership Team
Person Specification

Education and / or professional qualifications

Degree or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline (essential)
Evidence of Continuous Professional Development (essential)
Educated to Higher Degree level (essential)
Management Qualification (desirable)


Substantial senior leadership and management experience within a large, complex organisation in the public, voluntary or care sectors involving multi-disciplinary teams. (essential)
Experience of partnership working and delivering outcomes with other public sector agencies, voluntary and/or private sector organisations (essential)
Experience of managing significant financial resources including financial planning, monitoring, control and reporting (essential)
Experience of communicating complex issues effectively to a wide groups of stakeholders, operating effectively under pressure. (essential)
Experience of working within political structures or at board level. (essential)
Demonstrable track record of decision making, leading and delivering successful and innovative service change and improvement programmes and projects. (essential)
Experience of leading multiple specialist teams to achieve high standards of performance and deliver improvements together (desirable)
Specific job-related knowledge

Detailed knowledge of national health and social care partnership legislation, strategic policy, operation, opportunity and challenges (essential)

Strong persuasive, influencing and inter-personal skills (essential)

Able to think and act strategically in the forward planning and development of corporate business objectives and policy (essential)

A resilient and inspirational leader able to motivate others to form positive relationships at all levels and deliver continuous improvement and transformational change (essential)

Skills and knowledge in managing organisational governance in a political environment (essential)
Able to demonstrate sensitivity, integrity and sound ethical judgment (desirable)
Skills in mediation and the resolution of complex/controversial issues (desirable)
Clear analytical skills to allow the exploration, evaluation and interpretation of information and opinions and utilisation of management information systems (desirable)
Additional Job Related Requirements
The jobholder will be expected to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within Argyll and Bute and beyond to meet the operational requirements of the Service. (essential)
The jobholder may be required to work outside normal working hours. (essential)
The post is defined as “politically restricted” and is therefore restricted in terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 as amended, and by the Local Government Officers (Political Restrictions) Regulations 1990 and 1998 (essential)
The post holder will be subject to an enhanced PVG check (essential)
Full driving license (essential)

Our Area

Argyll and Bute is an area of extraordinary diversity, with a coastline of over 3500km, 23 inhabited islands 6 main towns and many small rural communities.
Our area incorporates many historic and contemporary visitor attractions, has a rich and varied culture and has many diverse communities that we are proud to serve.

Argyll and Bute presents an opportunity for a lifestyle that is the envy of many, with access to beaches, mountains, islands and many historic and environmentally important places. It also well served by transport links to the central belt and, despite our remote rural ‘feel’, we are #closerthanyouthink

You can find out more about living and working in Argyll and Bute by visiting and finding about us on social media, including on Instagram using #abplace2b