Appointment of Independent Member (Quality & Safety) - Velindre University NHS Trust

Body: Velindre University NHS Trust
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Velindre University NHS Trust has a Headquarters at Parc Nantgarw in Cardiff. The Trust provides specialist cancer and blood services for people across Wales through Velindre Cancer Centre and the Welsh Blood Service. The successful candidate will therefore be required to travel, although a significant number of other meetings and Board related events will be held at their main sites in Nantgarw, Cardiff and Talbot Green. It may be necessary to stay overnight on some occasions.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £9,360 per annum
Time Requirements: 4 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    06/09/2021 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Velindre University NHS Trust was established as a NHS Trust in 1994 and is the longest established NHS organisation in Wales. The Trust was awarded University status on 30th November 2017 in recognition of its efforts to strengthen its reputation as a centre for excellence for research, development, education and innovation across the fields of cancer care, blood, transplantation and biomedical sciences.

The University Trust provides a wide range of specialist services at local, regional and national levels.

Velindre University NHS Trust is one of the leading providers of specialist cancer and blood and transplantation services within the UK, bringing together expert staff, high quality care and donor and transplantation services, together with excellence in research, development and innovation.

The Trust has evolved significantly since its establishment in 1994 and is operationally responsible for the Velindre Cancer Centre and the Welsh Blood Service.

Velindre Cancer Centre is a specialist treatment, teaching, research and development centre for nonsurgical tertiary oncology services for patients across south-east Wales. Our ambition, in terms of service delivery, is described in our cancer strategy, Velindre Cancer Centre – Shaping our Future Together.

Specialist teams provide care using a well-established network multi-disciplinary team (MDT) model of service for oncology and palliative care. We work closely with local partners in ensuring services are offered at appropriate locations, in line with best practice standards of care. All services are provided at Velindre Cancer Centre with an increasing number of services delivered on an outreach basis within local health board locations around south-east Wales.

We have developed a strong reputation within Wales and beyond.  Over the years the ‘Velindre brand’ has become synonymous with ‘excellence’.

Independent Members will among other things:-
•    Play a full and active role in the governance of Velindre University NHS Trust, both clinical and corporate.  You will take an active part in discussions, providing your opinion and challenge and support to the Board on key issues.
•    Act as a Corporate Trustee of Velindre University NHS Trust Charity.
•    Contribute to the work of the Board based upon your independence, your past experience and knowledge, and your ability to stand back from the day to day operational management.
•    Contribute and accept corporate decisions to ensure a joined up, robust and transparent decision making process by the Board.
•    Be expected, in time, to fully understand the business through active involvement to enable the effective performance of the organisation.
•    Work closely with other public, private and voluntary organisations to ensure that the views of patients, carers and families are fully taken into account in helping to shape, develop and improve services.
•    Adopt a person focussed approach championing the Board’s purpose in serving the Public.
•    Develop knowledge of and apply empathy with local community issues and priorities.
•    Analyse and critically review complex information and contribute to sound decision making.
•    Ability to contribute to the ‘governance and financial standing’ of the Trust, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process.

Person Specification

Candidates will need to evidence the following Essential criteria in their knowledge and experience. 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 Criteria (Demonstrated Through Personal Statement and CV)
•    An understanding of health issues and priorities of the Trust and the ability to understand the role and work of the Board.
•    Ability to hold the executives to account for performance and delivering the Trusts objectives whilst maintaining a constructive relationship.
•    Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues.
as they relate to the health sector.
•    An awareness and understanding of equality and diversity issues, particularly as they relate to the health sector.
•    Experience of quality and safety oversight and scrutiny.
•    An understanding of the NHS related legislative context.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview where the panel will explore other skills and experience. The following Desirable skills and experience are indicative of the areas the panel will explore at interview.
•    Ability to offer advice to the Board on a range of issues, which could include clinical and non-clinical activity, Safeguarding Procedures and relevant quality improvement methods.
•    Ability to apply expertise to assimilate and interpret complex and unfamiliar information.
•    Ability to chair a complex integrated Board Committee and provide relevant and appropriate assurance.
•    An awareness of the National Health Service (Concerns, Complaints and Redress Arrangements) (Wales) Regulations 2011, Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and Welsh Government’s: ‘A Healthier Wales: long term plan for Health and Social Care and The Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Act.
•    Ability to provide advice to the Board on both service and corporate governance issues which might include professional regulation, and organisation learning.
•    A compassionate, open, collegial and transparent style at Committee meetings.

Welsh Language Skills

Welsh Language skills are desirable. However, all candidates will need to be aware of the current legislation relating to the Welsh language and demonstrate an understanding towards the need to promote and strengthen bilingual services within the NHS in Wales. Empathy towards the language and the culture of Wales is important for this role in order to ensure the ethos behind the Welsh language Standards is supported and that the Welsh language is not treated less favourably than the English language.

Additional Information


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit


For further information or to arrange an informal discussion about the role of the Independent Member please contact Professor Donna Mead OBE, Chair of Velindre University NHS Trust  Email: or Emma Stephens, Head of Corporate Governance Email:

For further information about the Velindre University NHS Trust, you may wish to visit the Trust’s web site:

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How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. 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.

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