Chair - Digital Health Care Wales

Body: Digital Health Care Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: The post holders may be required to travel to the head office in Cardiff and other locations across Wales to attend meetings and perform other duties associated with the roles. In response to COVID-19, meetings have also been held via digital platforms. Where this has proved effective this is likely to continue.
Skills required: IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £43,326 per annum plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits.
Time Requirements: 14.5 days per month


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

Date: 22/09/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    30/06/2021 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Chair will be accountable to the Minister for Health and Social Services 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.

The Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales will:-

 Lead development of a strategic vision for DHCW, ensuring the promotion of a culture of continuous improvement and digital transformation across the organisation and more widely across health and social care;
 Provide effective and visible leadership, both externally and internally to DHCW across the breadth of its responsibilities, including the advancement of equality, diversity, inclusion and the Welsh Language and culture;
 Ensure the Board works effectively to support challenge, scrutiny and assure operational delivery, maintaining focus on strategic aims, reinforced by strong governance;
 Be publicly accountable for the performance of DHCW in particular through securing approval by the Minister of a three year Integrated Medium Term Plan (IMTP), annual delivery plans and evaluation of performance against them;
 Hold the Chief Executive to account across the breadth of their responsibilities;
 Work effectively with partners, in particular with Welsh Government, NHS Wales organisations, local authorities, third and private sectors and academia and universities;
 Provide assurance for the proper stewardship of public money and other resources for which DHCW is accountable;
 Provide assurance for ensuring that the Board is governed effectively within the framework and standards set for the NHS in Wales;

Person Specification

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 Criteria

Knowledge and Experience
 Experience of leading at a senior level in a health and care environment (although not essential, experience of leading in a digital environment is desirable);
 Ability to instil vision, lead the development of defined digital strategies in the pursuit of achieving long and short-term goals;
 Ability to understand complex issues while demonstrating respect for the views of others;
 An excellent understanding of governance with an ability to ensure a board works together effectively through their active involvement in a robust and transparent decision making process;
 Ability to motivate and develop the board to define roles and responsibilities to ensure ownership and accountability;
 A clear commitment to understanding and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion; and
 Ability to show an appreciation of bilingualism and culture, and a commitment to promoting and mainstreaming of the Welsh language.

Personal Attributes
 Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, and ability to act as an effective advocate and ambassador;
 Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness; and
 Capacity to be independent and resilient.

Desirable Criteria
 The ability to speak Welsh

Additional Information

Public Appointments Team
Public Bodies Unit
For further information regarding the role of the Chair, please contact Bob Hudson, Interim Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales who is not a candidate for this
Digital Health and Care Wales
appointment or Ifan Evans, Director – Technology, Digital and Transformation, Health and Social of Digital, Health and Social Services Group, Welsh Government.
Tel: 07453 978482
Email: bob.hudson@wales.nhs.ukTel: 03000 251496

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. 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.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on:

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