Public appointment: Member appointment to the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Board

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The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson MSP today announced the appointment of Dr Nicola Maran as a Member of the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Board.


Dr Nicola Maran recently retired from a long and rewarding career as an NHS doctor.  She was a consultant anaesthetist in Edinburgh for over 20 years with additional roles in education, research and leadership. The common threads throughout her career have been patient safety, human factors and quality of healthcare delivery. Dr Maran’s  

leadership roles included Director of the Scottish Clinical Simulation Centre and Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety in NHS Lothian. In this latter role, she provided clinical leadership and oversight of the Scottish Patient Safety Programs within the Lothian Health Board and played a pivotal role in development and implementation of the Lothian Quality Strategy. Dr Maran has made significant contributions to the development of significant adverse event reviews with a particular focus on involving and supporting patients, families and staff. She brings a wealth of governance experience from numerous working groups and boards at local, national and international level including clinical guideline development, simulation, patient safety, human factors and strategy development.  


This appointment will be for four years, from 2 October 2023 to 1 October 2027.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointment is part-time and attracts a daily remuneration of £173.66 for a time commitment of four days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Dr Maran does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

Political activity

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.   

Dr Maran has had no political activity within the last five years.


Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s aim is to ensure that the people of Scotland experience the best quality health and care services.  They work with people at every level of the health and social care system and make sure improvements in care are informed by the experiences of people who deliver and people who use services.

As a national improvement organisation, they are able to see all of the integration jigsaw and how the parts fit together. This perspective allows them to shape, tailor and provide support that responds to both individual provider’s and system needs, providing a great opportunity to support improvements in the care that people receive.

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