“Thank you for your interest in the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) and in particular our Trustee vacancies. We are keen to diversify our Board and would love to hear from you whether you’re an experienced Trustee or seeking your first Board position. You may of course wish to know more before applying; further information and the application process are described below, as well as contact details in case you would find an informal conversation with our Chief Executive and Nurse Director helpful.”
Sir Paul Grice
Chair, QNIS Council
The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland has a number of Trustee vacancies as current Trustees have come to the end of their terms of office. We have ambitious plans and need to find funding to enable the development of our work and we are keen to find Trustees to guide and enable our journey.
The QNIS was established by Royal Charter originally in 1889 and has a proud tradition of serving community nursing in Scotland. Our Patron is HM The Queen. The charity has a programme of activity which reaches across the whole of Scotland. We exist to enable community nurses to make a significant difference in the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.
QNIS is a fully constituted and independent charity, registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regular (OSCR) as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation or SCIO. SCIO status provides limited liability for Trustees. For more information visit www.oscr.org.uk/
QNIS supports, develops and inspires Scotland’s community nurses and midwives to be agents for health improvement and catalysts for social change. We help them develop their expertise to drive positive action to build a healthier, kinder, fairer, greener Scotland.
We do this by supporting nurses and midwives to:
- initiate and lead community projects that tackle health and care inequity, sustainably and in partnership with local people
- be compassionate, creative and courageous leaders in their communities by providing challenging and inspiring transformational development programmes
- build connections with a wide range of stakeholders to co-produce hopeful, research-informed responses to Scotland’s public health challenges
- demonstrate their extraordinary scope and impact on Scottish society by advocating for the professions
- focus on their own wellbeing and promoting the fellowship of retired Queen’s Nurse
The QNIS Council is made up of up to 15 Trustees.
The QNIS Council meets four times per year to discuss governance issues, with an additional annual development day. The meetings are held during working hours both online and at our office 31 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh. Council papers are sent out a week in advance. In addition to the four Council meetings, we have a number of governance sub-committees and programme advisory groups which Trustees are encouraged to support, according to their expertise. These meetings generally take place online to support the involvement of Trustees from across Scotland.
The Board Perspective Committee will consider applications for the current vacancies.
Roles and Responsibilities of QNIS Trustees
QNIS Trustees ensure that the charity meets the aims and objectives defined in the QNIS Constitution. All QNIS Trustees act in a voluntary capacity to ensure good governance of the charity. Some Trustees provide more specific expertise, depending on their experience, e.g., law, finance, and fund management. Trustees are expected:
- To ensure effective governance of the charity
- To act as an ambassador for QNIS
- To take collective responsibility for Council decisions in the best interest of the charity
- To guide the work of the charity in line with its purpose
- To work with staff and other stakeholders to shape the future vision of the charity
We are particularly interested in applications from those with skills in health and care policy, finance, digital and HR. QNIS has a clear diversity and inclusion policy. We are keen to receive applications from people based all over Scotland.
Successful applicants will be offered an induction programme and opportunities for further training as appropriate.
Please send a CV and accompanying letter addressed to Mrs Erica Reid, Chair of the Board Perspective Committee, setting out your interest in the Trustee role and the work of the charity, outlining the skills and experience which you have to offer to QNIS Council.
Please email this to Amanda Regan, Executive Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like an informal conversation about the role please get in touch with Clare Cable, Chief Executive and Nurse Director. (email@example.com)
Closing date for completed applications: midday, Friday 12 August 2022
Interview date: Monday 29 August 2022 in Edinburgh (videoconference facilities available)
A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Charity Number SC00575