Vice-Chair to Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board

Body: Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Healt Board
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Various locations across North Wales
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £56,316 per annum
Time Requirements: 13 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    25/10/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board is the largest health organisation in Wales and is responsible for improving the health and wellbeing to a population of around 678,000 people across the six counties of North Wales (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham).  This encompasses prevention of ill health as well as treating illness and providing excellent healthcare services.

The Health Board is responsible for the provision of primary, community and mental health as well as acute hospital services.  It operates three main hospitals (Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan and Wrexham Maelor Hospital) along with a network of community hospitals, health centres, clinics, mental health units and community team bases.

The Health Board also coordinates the work of 105 GP practices, and NHS services provided by dentists, opticians and pharmacists in North Wales.

In 2018/19 the Health Board had a revenue income of £1.54 billion and employed approximately 18,000 people (15,500 whole time equivalents).

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

1. Strategy – to contribute to strategic development and decision-making 2. Performance – to ensure that effective management arrangements 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;

3. Risk – to ensure that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and systems of risk management and assurance are robust and defensible;  

4. 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

The Vice-Chair will:- 

  • Be required to play a full and active role  in the governance of the Health Board, both clinical and corporate, and are 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 upon their independence, their past experience and knowledge, and their 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 Health Board;
  • Work closely with other public, private and voluntary organisations and will make sure that the views of patients, carers and families 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.

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 Act Committee of the Board which oversees compliance with mental health legislation and associated codes of practice;
  • Be responsible for scrutinising 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 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 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, delivering in the public spotlight and instilling public confidence.

Additional Information


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact: Public Appointments Team Email:

For further information regarding the role of the Independent Member, please contact Mark Polin OBE QPM, Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board. Tel: 01248 384290, Email:

For further information about Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board, you may wish to visit the Health Board’s internet web site:

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