Appointment of Chair - All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG)

Body: All Wales Medicines Strategy Group
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: AWMSG meetings are usually held in Cardiff.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post is unsalaried but the successful candidate will be entitled to receive an honorarium at a daily rate of £300. Travel and other reasonable expenses (including GP locum costs) that might be incurred in carrying out work on behalf of AWMSG can also be claimed from the AWMSG within the recognised limits. You may also be eligible to claim reimbursement for costs in relation to child care/care of the elderly/assistant carer, whilst carrying out work on behalf of the AWMSG.
Time Requirements: 30 days per year
Closing Date: 05/11/2018 16:00


Assessment Panel

  • Andrew Evans Added 12/10/2018

    Panel Chair

    Chief Pharmaceutical Officer • Departmental Official

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  • Sian Lewis Added 12/10/2018

    Managing Director, Welsh Health Specialised Services Commissioning (WHSSC) • Independent Member

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  • Meindert Boyson Added 12/10/2018

    Head of Health Technology Evaluation, National Institute for Health And Care Excellence (NICE) • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

Function of Body

Established in 2002, the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) is a non-statutory scientific advisory committee which provides advice in an effective, efficient and transparent manner to the Welsh Ministers on strategic medicines management and prescribing matters.  The AWMSG appraisal process, which has been recognised by the NHS Evidence Accreditation Scheme, gives patients in Wales routine access to medicines ahead of appraisal by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Committee’s Role

The AWMSG brings together an expert panel including NHS doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare staff academics, health economists, industry representatives, patient advocates and lay representatives to reach a consensus on the use of new medicines within NHS Wales. It develops policies that promote the best use of medicines for patients in Wales.  These decisions impact on medicines management issues affecting both primary and secondary care.  The main priorities of AWMSG are:

  • Advise Welsh Ministers of emerging technologies and medicines management to support strategic planning;
  • Develop timely, independent and authoritative advice on new medicines and on the cost implications of making these medicines routinely available;
  • Advise the Welsh Government on the development of a consistent evidence based and cost-effective medicines strategy for Wales.

The work of AWMSG is planned via the AWMSG Steering Committee.  This committee prioritises the work programme of AWMSG to ensure the efficient use of AWMSG resources.

AWMSG works closely with NICE to complement the NICE Health Technology Appraisal programme.

All meetings of AWMSG are open to the public.


Role Description

The successful candidate will Chair up to ten AWMSG meetings each year and be a member of the AWMSG Steering Committee which meets monthly. They will play a key role in driving the medicine management agenda in Wales and the implementation of AWMSG’s prescribing strategy for Wales, giving strategic direction to the NHS in Wales and all key stakeholders.  They will be instrumental in developing innovative partnerships that benefit patients and achieve the best outcomes from the use of medicines in Wales.

Person Specification

The Welsh Government is seeking to appoint an individual who can demonstrate the following:

  • an interest in, and knowledge of the National Health Service and how it operates in Wales
  • a detailed knowledge, of pharmaceutical issues including medicines licensing and therapeutic issues affecting patients;
  • a wide knowledge of (and preferably experience in) prescribing and the medicines management agenda;
  • a proven track record of success or achievement in the public, voluntary or private sectors;
  • the ability to think creatively and challenge current thinking in order to deliver a step- change in the Welsh NHS;
  • a proven ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • an effective and persuasive communicator capable of making relevant and appropriate contributions to meetings;
  • proven ability of strong leadership skills;
  • a clear understanding and commitment to equality issues and to challenging discriminatory practices when appropriate;
  • an understanding of the importance of high standards in public life and of the importance of patient and public engagement.


The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

  •  Welsh language skills are desirable , but not essential  to undertake the duties of this post.

Additional Information

Key facts about the post



Secretariat and professional support to AWMSG is provided by the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre, the umbrella organisation of AWMSG.


Terms of Appointment

Appointments will be made by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services.


Duration of Appointment

The appointment will be for an initial period of 4 years, renewable subject to satisfactory review, to a maximum of 8 years.



16 A list of the membership is attached at Annex C for information.


Starting date

07 January 2019


Applicants should be persons who conduct themselves at all times in a manner which will maintain public confidence.  In particular applicants are required to declare whether they are aware of anything in their private or professional life that would be an embarrassment to themselves or to the Welsh Government if it became known in the event of appointment.

You are not expected to occupy paid party political posts or hold particularly sensitive or high roles in a political party. Subject to the foregoing, you are free to engage in political activities provided that you are conscious of your general public responsibilities and exercise a proper discretion, particularly with regard to the work of the AWMSG.

You are expected to inform Welsh Government if you intend to accept a prominent position to any political party and understand that your appointment to the AWMSG may be terminated early, if it is felt that the positions are incompatible.

Conflict of Interests

You will be asked to declare any private interests which may, or may be perceived to, conflict with the role and responsibilities as Chair of AWMSG, including any business interests and positions of authority outside of the role in AWMSG.

Any conflicts of interest will be explored at interview.  If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on a register which is available to the public.
Standards in public life

You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct. All successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies; you can access this document at:

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Unit on 03000 616095 or

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