Appointment of a Vice Chair to Powys Teaching Health Board

Body: Powys Teaching Health Board
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Glasbury House, Bronllys, Brecon
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £34,788 per annum plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits
Time Requirements: 13 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    01/11/2021 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Powys is one of the most rural counties in the UK. Whilst the county is approximately 25% of the landmass of Wales, it has only 5% of the population. The population in Powys is older compared to the rest of Wales and the proportion of older people is growing.  The working age adult population is smaller compared to Wales and it is predicted that the number of young people and working age adults will decrease, whilst the number of older people will increase. It is predicted that there will be an 8% decline in the Powys population by 2039.

The purpose of NHS Boards is to govern effectively and in doing so to build public and stakeholder confidence that their health and healthcare is in safe hands. This fundamental accountability to the public and stakeholders is delivered by building confidence:
•    In the quality and safety of health services.
•    That resources are invested in a way that delivers optimal health outcomes.
•    In the accessibility and responsiveness of health services.
•    That the public can appropriately shape health services to meet their needs.
•    That public money is spent in a way that is efficient and provides value for money.

This role provides a great opportunity for the successful applicant to use their skills and experience to make a difference to the lives of people and communities served by Powys Teaching Health Board.  The Vice-Chair will be a member of the Board and will deputise for the Chair in the latter’s absence.

Role and responsibilities

The Vice-Chair will:
•    Be required to play a full and active role in the clinical and corporate governance of the Health Board and will be expected to bring to the Board an independent judgement on issues of performance, key appointments, looking ahead and accountability;
•    Contribute to the work of the Board based on the basis of their independence, their past experience and knowledge, and their ability to stand back from the day to day operational management of the organisation;
•    Contribute to and accept corporate decisions to ensure a joined up, robust and transparent decision-making process on the part of the Board;
•    Be expected, in time, to understand fully the business of the Health Board through active involvement in key committees to enable the effective performance of the Board;
•    Work closely with other public, private and voluntary organisations and ensure that the views of patients, carers and families are considered fully in helping to shape, develop and improve services.

In addition to their corporate role across the breadth of the Health Board’s responsibilities, the Vice-Chair will have a specific brief to oversee the Health Board’s primary care, community care and mental health services ensuring a balanced care model to meet the needs of the Powys population.  The Vice-Chair will:

•    Provide strong, effective and visible leadership, across primary care, community care, and mental health services; internally through the Board and its committees, and externally through their connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners within the wider community or Powys and nationally;
•    Fulfil the role of “Lead Member for Children and Young People’s Services”, as a requirement in the Children Act 2004;
•    Chair the Board’s Experience, Quality and Safety Committee which oversees all aspects of quality, safety and experience, and compliance with mental health legislation and associated codes of practice;
•    Oversee the Health Board’s performance in the planning delivery and evaluation of primary care, community care and mental health services ensuring a balanced care model to meet the needs of the Powys population.
•    Work effectively with community partners, particularly within their sphere of responsibility and more widely supporting the Chair to ensure that the organisational culture and working practices are based upon a spirit of open, meaningful and sustainable partnerships. The Vice-Chair will have excellent communication skills and will, through effective scrutiny, assure the Board that the organisational structures give equal weight to primary care, community care and mental health services along with other services and provide opportunities for contractor services to fully engage in the design of services;
•    Support the Health Board’s performance management processes, to ensure integrated performance management and improvement;
•    Help build and sustain a direct relationship with primary care contractor professionals, ensuring their full engagement in the work of the Health Board;
•    Undertake an external ambassador role, when representing the Chair, delivering in the public spotlight and instilling public confidence.
•    Act as a Corporate Trustee of PTHB Charity

Person Specification

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.

Essential Role Specific Criteria

You will be able to demonstrate:

Knowledge & Experience
•    A knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities for the area served by Powys Teaching Health Board.
•    Ability to work with the executives to ensure the Board leads the organisation effectively. Where necessary, demonstrating skills that will hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship
•    Experience of leading and developing a successful private, public or third sector organisation, with the ability to look ahead and provide strategic leadership.
•    Experience of working within communities and multi-disciplinary teams.

Personal Attributes & Skills
•    An ability to lead and inspire staff, to look ahead and identify key issues for the organisation.
•    Strong interpersonal skills with personal impact and credibility to be an effective advocate and ambassador with strong influencing and negotiating skills;
•    Ability to discharge the Vice-Chair role in the context of the broader statutory and corporate responsibilities of the Board and the roles of the Chair and Chief Executive.

Candidates must also demonstrate:
•    A clear understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices.
•    A clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit


For further information regarding the role of the Powys Teaching Health Board and the role of Vice-Chair please contact the Chair of Powys Teaching Health Board Prof Vivienne Harpwood on:

Tel: 01874 712643


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