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Member Reappointed to NHS Education for Scotland Board


The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport today announced the reappointment of Douglas Hutchens as a Member of the NHS Education for Scotland Board.


Douglas Hutchens worked in management and planning in the Scottish Health Service for over 20 years and has more recently had roles in the development of quality improvement links between the Scottish and English health services, the transfer of health and care services for people in custody and the creation of tools and initiatives for people in care, community and hospitals. He has also been a Non-Executive/Vice Chair for the Care Inspectorate, SAMH, the Scottish Government COPFS and is a Non-Executive for two Scottish Government agencies; Disclosure Scotland and Social Security Scotland. He is, therefore able to bring a rounded perspective in respective planning, governance and areas which are linked, or impacted upon by the Scottish Health Services and the work of NES. Douglas is a member of the UK Courts and Tribunals Service, sitting on Social Security Tribunals.


This reappointment will be for four years and will run from 1st March 2019 to 28th February 2023.

This reappointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.


This reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £8,416 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.


Mr Hutchens does not hold any other ministerial public appointments.


All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Mr Hutchens has had no political activity within the last five years.


High quality education, training and lifelong learning are vital to providing excellent health services. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the Education, Training and Workforce Development Organisation for the NHS in Scotland and helps to provide better patient care by providing educational solutions for workforce development.