Appointment of Independent Member (ICT) - Cwm Taf University Health Board

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Board meetings held monthly at Cwm Taf University Health Board. Ynysmeurig House, Navigation Park, Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF45 4SN.The UHB also has various committees, the meetings which meet either monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.
Skills required: IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £13,344 per annum
Time Requirements: 4 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    14/02/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Helen Arthur Added 22/01/2019

    Director of Workforce & Organisational Development NHS Wales, Welsh Government • Departmental Official

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  • Professor Marcus Longley Added 22/01/2019

    Chair, Cwm Taf University Board • Representative of Organisation

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  • • Eileen Brandreth Added 22/01/2019

    (Information, Communication and Technology), Aneurin Bevan University Health Board • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description


This is an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to local health services, aligned with the Strategic direction of NHS Wales.

Cwm Taf University Health Board (UHB) was established in October 2009 and achieved ‘University’ status in July 2013. The UHB provides primary, community, hospital and mental health services to almost 300,000 people living in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. From April 2019, the responsibility for providing healthcare services for people in the Bridgend County Borough Council area will transfer from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB to Cwm Taf University Health Board.

The University Health Board is also responsible for the provision of child and adolescent mental health services for South Wales and is the host body for the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) and the Emergency Ambulance Services Committee (EASC) which two Statutory Joint Committees of Health Boards across NHS Wales.

Ideally situated between Wales’ capital city, Cardiff to the South and the stunning scenery in the Brecon Beacons National Park to the North, we operate within a vibrant community, rich with history and heritage.

Our philosophy ‘Cwm Taf Cares’ is at the heart of everything we do. Our commitment to the health, well-being and development of our staff is recognised with the highly coveted Platinum Corporate Health Standard.

With over 8,000 staff our workforce is the life-blood not only of the University Health Board, but many of the South Wales Valleys’ communities that we serve. We take our role as the area’s second largest employer very seriously and this is evident in our wide-ranging partnership working, dedication to our corporate social responsibilities and the importance we place on building relationships with our staff and community.

We believe in innovation to make improvements to clinical care. We are especially proud of our Academic Centre in Keir Hardie University Health Park, Merthyr Tydfil, which is helping to train future doctors in community medicine. We continue to be the best performing health board in Wales for a number of key performance indicators, including ambulance handover times within 15 minutes from patients arriving at our Accident & Emergency Department thanks to our patient flow initiative which is continuing to reap benefits.

Our high patient satisfaction score in the Fundamentals of Care audit is testament to the hard work of our staff and their ongoing commitment to our philosophy of  ‘Cwm Taf Cares’.

For more information, visit our website:

The three key roles through which effective the board of the Cwm Taf University Health Board demonstrates leadership within its organisation are:

  • Formulating strategy.
  • Ensuring accountability by holding the organisation to account for the delivery of the strategy and through seeking assurance that systems of control are robust and reliable
  • Shaping a positive culture for the Board and the organisation.


The role of the Board member focuses on four key areas:

  • Strategy – to contribute to strategic development and decision-making


  • Performance – to ensure that effective management arrangement and an effective team are in place at the top level of the organisation. To help clarify which decisions are reserved for the Board and then ensure that the rest are clearly delegated and to hold management to account for its performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives through purposeful challenge and scrutiny, and to monitor the reporting of performance


  • Risk – to ensure that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and systems of risk management and assurance are robust and defensible


  • Behaviour – to live up to the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity and comply fully with the Code of Conduct. Board members should demonstrate through their behaviour that they are focusing on their responsibilities to citizens, the organisations and its stakeholders


Person Specification

This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a contribution to our philosophy ‘Cwm Taf Cares’ which is at the heart of everything we do.

Independent Members will demonstrate the following qualities:


Knowledge & Experience

  • An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Health Board area and  the ability to understand the role and work of the Board


  • Ability to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship


  • Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues


  • A broad understanding of the information governance requirements required to comply with legislation e.g. Data Protection Act (GDPR).


Personal Attributes and Skills

The Health Board has defined a set of shared core values.

To help demonstrate your commitment to these values, you will need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to “Put Patients First”
  • The ability to work together as part of a team and in partnership with other key organisations
  • The ability to value and respect others
  • The ability to communicate openly and honestly.


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


  • Understand how information management and digital technology can help in improving health and social care
  • Understand how information and data can be used to support the delivery of high quality, safe health and social care
  • Have an understanding of information governance in relation to quality, safety, security and integrity and effective use of information,
  • Ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of ICT matters in a strategic board environment.
  • Have experience of using digital technologies to deliver high quality services.

These are only intended to be examples and are by no means exhaustive. More information can be discussed with the Chair of the Health Board

Additional Information

Questions to answer as part of your application in your personal statement on no more than 2 sides of A4.

  1.   Please outline how you meet the role specific criteria on page 7 of the information pack for applicants for the ICT role.

2.   Describe your understanding of health issues and priorities in Wales and how these would apply within the Cwm Taf University Health Board.

3.   Please explain how you would discharge the specific responsibilities for information, communication and technology

4.   Please describe an occasion when you have held a senior person to account while maintaining a constructive relationship.

5.   Please provide evidence of your of communications 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.

6.    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.

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