Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Appointment of Vice Chair

Body: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health
Location: Woodlands House, Maes y Coed Road, Cardiff
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £56,316 per annum plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits].
Time Requirements: 13 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    30/10/2020 at 16:00

  • 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 people and communities served by Cardiff and Vale 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:

  • 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 Capacity Legislation 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 Cardiff and Vale UHB’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 Mental Health Clinical board to agree and deliver an integrated work programme that reflects the relevant needs of the Cardiff and Vale population;
  • 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.

Person Specification

Vice-Chairs will demonstrate the following qualities:

Knowledge & Experience

·       Experience of leading and developing a successful private, public or third sector organisation, with the ability to look ahead and provide strategic leadership;

·       Experience of understanding the relationship between resource allocation and management and delivery of service priorities within a framework of robust governance;

·       Ability to analyse complex information and contribute to sound decision making;

·       Ability to work with the executives to ensure the Board leads the organisation effectively. Where necessarily you will demonstrate skills that will enable you to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;

·       Ability to contribute to the ‘Governance’ of the Health Board, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process;

·       Experience of working within communities and multi-disciplinary teams.

Personal Attributes & Skills

You will need to be able to demonstrate the following:-

·       Ability to lead and inspire staff, to look ahead and identify key issues for the organisation;

·       Strong interpersonal skills with personal impact and credibility to be an effective advocate and ambassador with strong influencing and negotiating skills;

·       Drive and determination, with the ability to instil vision and develop defined strategies to pursue long and short-term goals;

·       Excellent communication skills, with the ability to be clear and succinct, and to be able to engage with people at all levels;

·       Ability to facilitate understanding of complex issues while demonstrating respect for the views of others;

·       Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness;

·       Capacity to be independent and resilient; and

·       Ability to discharge the Vice-Chair role in the context of the broader statutory and corporate responsibilities of the Board and the roles of the Chair and Chief Executive.

Additional Information

We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. If you would like a guaranteed interview, please contact Sharon Williams email: to let them know.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, please contact: as above as soon as possible  and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:


Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit


For further information regarding the role of the Vice Chair at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the role of the Board, please contact Charles Janczewski, Chair of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Tel: 02921836011


If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

How to Apply

The interview panel will assess candidates’ CVs and personal statements to determine who it believes best meet the criteria for the role, and who will be invited to interview. The panel will rely only on the information you provide in your CV and statement to assess whether you have the skills and experience required. Please ensure that you provide evidence to support how you meet all of the essential criteria.

The selection panel will be chaired by Charles Janczewski and will also comprise Stephanie Sampson Welsh Government and Martin Woodford, Chair of WAST as an Independent Panel Member.

Your application may be “long-listed”, subject to the volume of applications received, before it is passed to the shortlisting panel for consideration. You should be aware that in this situation, your application might not be considered in full by all of the panel.

We anticipate that during w/c 9th November 2020 the panel will have decided who will be invited for interview in w/c 30th November 2020.  It is our intention that interviews will take place in Woodlands House, Maes Y Coed Road, Cardiff.

The panel will select for interview only the strongest applicants who it feels have demonstrated that they best meet the criteria set out in the person specification. However, if you have applied under the guaranteed interview scheme and you meet the minimum essential criteria for the post, then you will also be invited for interview.

If you are invited to interview and if the interview date is not already provided in this information pack, we will aim to provide you with as much notice as we can of the interview date. If you are unable to make the arranged interview date, we will endeavour to re-arrange it but it might not be possible due to time constraints within the appointment timetable or selection panel availability.

You will receive email communication from Welsh Government’s application centre to let you know whether or not you have been invited to be interviewed.

If invited to interview, the panel will question you about your skills and experience, asking specific questions to assess whether you meet the criteria set out for the post.

Candidates who the panel believe are ‘appointable’, will be recommended to Ministers who will make the final decision. The Minister may choose to meet with appointable candidates before making a decision. If she/he does, she/he will meet all candidates and in the presence of the panel chair or their nominated representative. There will be a time gap between interview and a final appointment decision being made. Candidates who have been interviewed will be kept informed of progress.

If you are successful, you will receive a letter appointing you as Vice Chair of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board , which will confirm the terms on which the appointment is offered.

If you are unsuccessful at interview, you will be notified through the Welsh Government’s application centre. We appreciate it takes a lot of time and effort to apply for roles and that feedback is a valuable part of the process. As a result, the letter will provide the details of who you may approach for feedback on your interview and application, if you so wish


For queries about your application, please contact

If you are not completely satisfied

Welsh Government will aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy. If you have any complaints about the way your application has been handled, please contact

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