Independent Member (Trade Union) - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Wales
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: 4 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is the largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for a population of around 678,000 people across the six counties of North Wales (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Wrexham).

The Health Board has a budget of £1.3 billion and a workforce of approximately 16,500.

The Health Board has three main hospitals (Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan and Wrexham Maelor Hospital) along with a network of community hospitals, health centres, clinics, mental health units and community team bases. The Health Board also coordinates the work of 109 GP practices and NHS services provided by dentists, opticians and pharmacists in North Wales.

Their Purpose

  • To improve health and deliver excellent care.

Their Vision

  • To improve the health of the population, with a particular focus upon the most vulnerable in our society.
  • To develop an integrated health service which provides excellent care delivered in partnership with the public and other statutory and third sector organisations.
  • To develop its workforce so that it has the right skills and operates in a research – rich learning culture.

Their Strategic Goals

  • To improve health and well-being for all and to reduce health inequalities.
  • To work in partnership to design and deliver more care closer to home.
  • To improve the safety and outcomes of care to match NHS best.
  • To respect individuals and to maintain dignity in care.
  • To listen and to learn from the experience of individuals.
  • To support, train and develop its staff to excel.
  • To use resources wisely, transforming services through innovation and research.

Person Specification

Independent Members will demonstrate the following qualities:-

Knowledge and Experience

  • An understanding and an appreciation of public health issues;
  • The ability to contribute effectively at Board level;
  • The ability to understand the role and work of the organisation and ensure the Board is central to the delivery of its services;
  • Experience in analysing complex information and contributing to sound evidence-based informed decision making;
  • Ability to work with the Executive Directors and other Board members to ensure the Board leads the organisation effectively. Where necessary you will demonstrate skills that will enable you to hold the Executives to account, with appropriate challenge, for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;
  • Ability to contribute to the governance of the organisation, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process;
  • Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues;
  • A broad understanding of the governance requirements which need to be in place to comply with legislation, for example Data Protection Act (DPA), health and safety at work etc;
  • An appreciation of the requirements of the Well-being and Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the influence that this must have on ensuring a “Healthier, Happier and Fairer Wales” for the population of Wales and future generations.

Personal Attributes and Skills

The Health Board has defined a set of shared core values – Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference. To help demonstrate your commitment to these values you will need to be able to demonstrate the following:-

  • Good communication skills and the ability to engage with employees and employee representatives at all levels within the organisation
  • To act as an ambassador for the organisation and represent it at various events and conferences
  • Skills and ability to work as part of a team and in partnership with other key organisations

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Role Specific Criteria

You must be a member of a recognised trade union in relation to employment matters and a current employee of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

  • A knowledge and understanding of trade union matters in the area served by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
  • Ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of trade union matters in a strategic board environment.

Questions to answer as part of your application in your personal statement

Please outline how you meet the role specific criteria as set out in the information pack.

  • Describe your understanding of health issues and priorities in Wales and how these would apply within the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
  • Please give a specific example or examples of when you have had to analyse complex information to contribute to sound decision making.
  • Please describe an occasion when you have held a senior person to account while maintaining a constructive relationship.
  • Please provide evidence of your communication and engagement skills. Please provide a specific example outlining your approach in communicating and engaging with people at all levels, what skills and methods you used and the outcome.
  • Please describe a specific example, or examples, where you have involved various teams, partners or stakeholders to improve a service or process. Please outline your personal contribution and the outcome.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre

Tel: 029 2082 5454


For further information regarding the role of the Independent Member, please contact Dr Peter Higson, Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Tel: 01248 384290


For further information about Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, you may wish to visit their internet web site:

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Corporate Shared Service Centre Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

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