PVG Scheme for Members of Boards of Health Bodies: A Consultation

Closed 23 Nov 2018

Opened 31 Aug 2018

Results expected 1 Jan 2019

Feedback Updated 11 Feb 2019

We Asked

This consultation set out the rationale for making it a requirement for all members of Boards of Health Bodies to be members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. 

We asked you whether you thought the policy should apply to all Board members (both executive and non-executive) and across all Health Bodies.

The consultation ran between 31 August and 23 November 2018.

You Said

We received a total of 34 responses from a range of different organisations and individuals.  85% of the responses offered full support of the policy – that all members of Boards of all Health Bodies should be required to be members of the PVG Scheme. 

The Commissioner for Ethical standards in Public Life in Scotland did not give a view on the policy but noted that he would be supportive of the policy as long as it was implemented in a way that remained consistent with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland.

NHS Health Scotland responded that as the organisation will soon cease to exist they did not think the policy should be applied to their Board members.

3 other respondents indicated that they didn’t think that it was necessary to implement this policy for all members, only those who have unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups.

We Did

We are now working with Disclosure Scotland to make changes to the relevant legislation which will mean that members of Boards of all Health Bodies will be required to be members of the PVG Scheme.

We are also developing new learning packages for Board Members to raise awareness about the PVG Scheme.

Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

Overview

We intend to make it a requirement for members of Boards of Health Bodies to be members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.

This consultation paper provides information about current policy regarding background checks for Board Members - both executive and non-executive members and sets out the reasons why we would like to introduce this policy.

Why We Are Consulting

It is our view that the policy should be implemented for all Board members, both non-executive members and executive members and to all members of Boards of all Health Bodies. We are not seeking views on whether to implement the policy, but more on whether it is necessary to implement the policy to all Board members and for all Health Bodies.

Responses will help us develop our policy regarding PVG Scheme membership for members of Boards of Health Bodies.

Audiences

  • Public bodies
  • NHS
  • Health Organisations

Interests

  • Health and Social Care