Chair - Cwm Taf University Health Board

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Cwm Taf University Health Board serves communities in Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Upper Rhymney Valley, South Powys, North Cardiff and the Western Vale. The Health Board’s headquarters are at Ynysmeurig House in Abercynon where most Board and Committee meetings are routinely held. Occasionally, Board meetings are held in other parts of the Health Board’s catchment area. Chairs are expected to attend events and activities throughout the Health Board area.
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £59,760 per annum. You will be entitled to be re-imbursed, if appropriate, against receipts for travel and subsistence expenses incurred while on Health Board business. Expenses must be claimed within three months of them being incurred unless there are exceptional circumstances. Childcare and other dependent expenses may also be paid, on production of receipts, for additional costs incurred while undertaking Health Board work.
Time Requirements: 15 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced the appointment of a new Chair for Cwm Taf University Health Board.

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Assessment Panel

  • Dr Andrew Goodall Added 10/02/2017

    NHS Wales Chief Executive • Departmental Official

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  • Julie Rogers Added 10/02/2017

    Director of Workforce & Organisational Development, NHS Wales • Departmental Official

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  • Jeff Farrer Added 10/02/2017

    Chief Constable, Gwent Police • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Dave Street Added 10/02/2017

    Director of Social Services, Caerphilly CBC and President of the Association of Directors of Social Services, Cymru • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

Cwm Taf University Health Board is responsible for providing healthcare services to the population of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, estimated to be around 289,400 people. They provide a full range of hospital and community-based services employing 8,111 members of staff making them the second largest employer in the area. Their services also extend to people living in the neighbouring areas of the Upper Rhymney Valley, South Powys, North Cardiff and the Western Vale. In addition, some specialist services are provided to the wider catchment area of South Wales.

The role of the Board

The three key roles through which the board of Cwm Taf 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 organisation.

The 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

Person Specification

The Chair will be accountable to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport for the performance of the Board and its effective governance, upholding the values of the NHS, and promoting the confidence of the public and partners throughout Wales.

The Chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board will:-

• Provide strong, effective and visible leadership across the breadth of the Health Board’s responsibilities – internally through the Board and externally through his/her connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners at community, local authority, Local Health Board and national levels; This includes working nationally alongside other Health Board and Trust Chairs;

• Ensure the Board delivers effectively together the strategic and operational aims of the Health Board through delivery of strategic aims, policy and governance;

• Be responsible for maintaining the highest quality of public health standards and practices, and improving quality and safety of healthcare and outcomes for population and patients;

• Be accountable for the performance of the Health Board at community, local authority, Health Board and national levels through the agreement of an annual delivery plan and the annual evaluation of achievements against the plan in public by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well- being and Sport.

• Hold the Chief Executive to account across the breadth of his/her responsibilities; ensuring the development of an effective Executive Team focused on delivery and outcomes for the Board;

Work effectively with partners, in particular with other Local Health Boards, Local Authorities, the Third Sector and Social Partners, and also with primary care contractors, to ensure the planning and delivery of safe, effective services; this means alongside local objectives, working collaboratively and supporting examples of regional and national planning;
• To provide the assurance and governance for the proper stewardship of public money and other resources for which the Board is accountable; working with the Chief Executive;

• To provide the assurance for ensuring that the Health Board is governed effectively within the framework and standards set for the NHS in Wales; working with the Chief Executive and Board;

• Undertake an external ambassador role,

Person Specification

The Chair will demonstrate the following qualities:-

Knowledge and Experience

• An understanding of health issues and priorities in Cwm Taf University Health Board and the ability to understand the role and work of the Board;

• Ability to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;

• Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues;

• A broad understanding of the governance issues and how governance applies to the corporate, clinical and information management).

Personal Attributes and Skills

• Ability to lead and inspire staff, to look ahead and identify key issues for the Health Board;

• 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;

• Ability to ensure a board works together effectively through their active involvement in a robust and transparent decision making process and to motivate and develop the board to define roles and responsibilities to ensure ownership and accountability.

• Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness;

• Capacity to be independent and resilient.

The Chair must also demonstrate:-

A clear understanding and commitment to equality issues.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the role of the Chair please contact Dr Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive, or Dr Christopher Jones, Chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Tel: 029 2080 1182 (Dr Goodall) or 01443 744803 (Dr Christopher Jones).

Email: or

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

How to Apply

For more information or to apply go to or for queries contact the Shared Service Helpdesk at the Welsh Government by e-mail: or telephone: 029 2082 5454.

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