Appointment of Vice Chair - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Board meetings held monthly normally at various locations across the UHB. The UHB also has various committees, the meetings which meet either monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £56,316 per annum
Time Requirements: 13 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description


Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is the largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for a population of around 678,000 people across the six counties of North Wales (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Wrexham).

The Health Board has a budget of £1.3 billion and a workforce of approximately 16,500.

The Health Board has three main hospitals (Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd 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 109 GP practices and NHS services provided by dentists, opticians and pharmacists in North Wales.

Their Purpose

• To improve health and deliver excellent care.

Their Vision

• To improve the health of the population, with a particular focus upon the most vulnerable in our society.

• To develop an integrated health service which provides excellent care delivered in partnership with the public and other statutory and third sector organisations.

• To develop its workforce so that it has the right skills and operates in a research – rich learning culture.

Their Strategic Goals

• To improve health and well-being for all and to reduce health inequalities.

• To work in partnership to design and deliver more care closer to home.

• To improve the safety and outcomes of care to match NHS best.

• To respect individuals and to maintain dignity in care.

• To listen and to learn from the experience of individuals.

• To support, train and develop its staff to excel.

• To use resources wisely, transforming services through innovation and research.

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 scrutinizing and seeking assurance on the governance arrangements and strategic plans for primary, community, mental health and learning disability services, working within the Health Board’s overall governance framework.

• 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


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

  1. 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;
  2. has been adjudged bankrupt or has made a composition or arrangement with his creditors;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. is a health service employee;

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.

How to Apply

To make an application please visit the Welsh Government public appointment website here

To apply for this role, click on the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board vacancy and click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom left hand corner.

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.


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