Appointment of Vice Chair - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Body: Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: The Health Board’s headquarters are at St Cadocs Hospital, Caerleon, at which most Board meetings and Committee meetings are held. Board members are also expected to attend events and activities throughout the Health Board area.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post of Vice Chair will be paid at £56,316 per annum paid monthly or quarterly in arrears, as agreed with the Health Board.
Time Requirements: 13 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to the lives of the people served by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. The Vice-Chair will be a member of the Board and will deputise for the Chair in the latter’s absence.

The Vice-Chair will among other things:-

  • Play a full and active role in the governance of the Health Board, 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;
  • 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 and will make sure that the views of patients, carers and families and key stakeholders are fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services;

In addition to his/her corporate role across the breadth of the Health Board’s responsibilities, the Vice-Chair will have a specific brief to oversee the UHB’s primary, community and mental health and learning disability services ensuring a balanced care model to meet the needs of the UHB’s population.  An understanding of the working methods and priorities of key stakeholders i.e. local government and third sector, is important.

The Vice-Chair will:

  • Provide strong, effective and visible leadership, across primary, community, mental health and learning disability services; internally through the board and its committees, and externally through his/her connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners within the wider community levels and nationally;
  • Chair the Mental Health Legislative Committee of the Board  which  oversees compliance with mental health legislation and associated codes of practice;
  • Be responsible for scrutinizing the governance arrangements for primary, community, mental health and learning disability services. Working within the Health Board’s governance framework, to provide Board assurance as to the effective delivery of whole-system working based on integrated care pathways;
  • Work closely with the Chief Operating Officer and Divisional Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and local government colleagues to agree and deliver an integrated work programme that reflects the relevant needs of the Health Board’s population, and which enables the joint priorities of the health board and the partnership forum and public service boards to be delivered.
  • Work effectively with community partners, particularly in 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, community and mental health services as to other services and provide opportunities for contractor services and local government and third sector partners to engage fully in the design of services;
  • Support the Health Board’s performance management processes, to ensure integrated performance management and improvement;
  • 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, delivering in the public spotlight and instilling public confidence.



Person Specification

The Health Board has defined a set of shared core values and behaviours – what the organisation stands for.  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 Health Board;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and in partnership with other key organisations;
  • Ability to involve and work with stakeholders to help shape, develop and improve services; and
  • Ability to analyse and critically review complex information

 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 have to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of and empathy with local community issues and priorities;
  • A citizen focussed approach, championing the Board’s purpose in serving the public;
  • Experience and skills that will support the Health Board in developing its community engagement.

 These are only intended to be examples and are by no means exhaustive.

Welsh Language 

Welsh language skills are Desirable for this appointment.  All candidates will be expected to display empathy towards the language and demonstrate leadership to strengthen bilingual service provision within the NHS in Wales.


Additional Information

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (UHB) is an organisation with a budget of just over £1 billion.  It was established in 2009 as an integrated Local Health Board responsible for planning and delivering a wide range of primary, community and secondary health services to the populations of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, and Torfaen. The Health Board also has the responsibility to work with partners to promote and improve the health and well-being of its local population.  Taken together with an estimate of the patients living in South Powys and other areas that are served by the UHB for acute services, the patient population served is close to 600,000.  The University Health Board commissions a broad range of services secured through a number of contracts and contracting arrangements with English, Welsh and Third Sector Providers.

The University Health Board has three acute hospitals providing a range of inpatient and outpatient services; these are the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport; Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach and Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.  There are also a range of other hospitals and facilities across Health Board area.

The University Health Board employs 400 General Practitioners and Salaried GPs providing general medical services from 88 General Practices. Supporting these are 214 practice nurses, 145 health care support workers and a number of administrative staff, including practice managers, receptionists, secretaries and IT officers. Around 375 General Dental Practitioners provide general dental services from 79 practices. There are 129 Community Pharmacies and 69 Optometry premises across the University Health Board.

The University Health Board delivers a growing range of community based services in patient’s homes, through community hospitals and through health centres and clinics. There are a number of smaller community hospitals, integrated health and social care centres, and health centres providing important clinical services to our residents closer to home.

The University Health Board also provides comprehensive Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services in both hospital and community settings to the population of Gwent and South Powys.

The role of the Board

The three key roles through which the board of the Aneurin Bevan 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 organisationThe 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.

Key facts about the post


Members are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services and are accountable to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, via the Chair, for carrying out their duties and for their performance.

Assistance for Disabled Members

Where appropriate all reasonable adjustments will be made to enable members to effectively carry out their duties.


A person shall be disqualified from appointment if he/she:

a.         has within the preceding 5 years been convicted in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and has had passed on him/her a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than 3 months;

b.         has been adjudged bankrupt or has made a composition or arrangement with his creditors;

c.         has been dismissed, otherwise than by reason of redundancy, or non-renewal of a fixed term contract, from any paid employment with a health service body;

d.         is a person whose tenure of office as the chairman, member or director of a health service body has been terminated because his/her appointment is not in the interests of the health service, for non-attendance at meetings or for non-disclosure of pecuniary interest;

e.         is an employee of a health service body.

Subject to the exception noted in (e), it is the policy of the Welsh Government that all recent employees of LHBs and NHS Trusts should serve a non-involvement break before being considered for an NHS Public Appointment.

Any other information that may materially affect your application for appointment should be declared in the application form under the Conflict of Interests section.

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.

Candidates should also note that membership of a LHB is a disqualifying office for membership of the National Assembly for Wales under the National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) Order 2015.

Conflict of Interests

You should particularly note the requirement for you to declare any private interests which may, or may be perceived to, conflict with the role and responsibilities as a Vice-Chair of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board including any business interests and positions of authority outside of the role in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

If appointed, Vice-Chairs must declare these interests and seek confirmation from the Chair of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board that no conflict has arisen and if it is appropriate for them to remain a board member.

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:



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