Independent Member (Legal) - Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Board meetings held bi- monthly normally at various locations across the UHB. The UHB also has various committees, the meetings which meet either bi-monthly or quarterly
Skills required: Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,936 per annum
Time Requirements: Four days per month


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

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport has agreed to appoint Martyn Waygood (Independent Member (Legal) to Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board for 4 years.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews taking place on 8 & 11 May 2017

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Elaina Chamberlain Added 08/03/2017

    Panel Chair

    Workforce & Organisational Development, Welsh Government • Departmental Official

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  • Andrew Davies Added 08/03/2017

    Chair of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board • Representative of Organisation

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  • Jan Williams Added 08/03/2017

    Commissioner for Wales, Independent Police Complaints Commission • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

This is an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to local health services, aligned with the Strategic direction of NHS Wales.

ABMU is a values-based organisation. Working with patients and staff, the Health Board has established a values and behaviour framework based upon three core values: ‘Caring for each other’; ‘Working together’ and ‘Always Improving’. These values will increasingly drive the work of the Board, including values-based recruitment and values-based appraisal of staff.

ABMU is one of the largest integrated health organisations in the UK advancing clinical excellence and driving forward clinical research. It covers a population of around 500,000 people and has an annual budget of over £1 billion and employs around 16,500 staff, 70% of whom are involved in direct patient care. It provides integrated care for patients and delivers tertiary, acute, intermediate, mental health, community and primary care services to people in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend and beyond.

In addition ABMU provides a large range of regional and sub-regional services including cardiac surgery and burns and plastic surgery for patient in the South West of England, forensic mental health for South Wales and learning disability services from Swansea to Cardiff as well as for the Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil areas.

Primary Care Services are provided through general practitioner, opticians, community pharmacists and dentists who all operate as independent contractors. AMBU manages GP Out-of-Hours Services and General Medical Services for Swansea prison.

ABMU has four acute hospitals providing a range of services:

Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend;
Neath Port Talbot Hospital in Port Talbot;
Singleton Hospital in Swansea; and
Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

There are also a number of smaller community hospitals primary care resource centres providing important clinical services to residents outside the four main acute hospital settings. As at March 2016, ABMU had 2,264 beds.

ABMU has developed strong partnerships with neighbouring health boards, local authorities, the 3rd sector and others. These include Swansea University with whom we strive to develop a research and education-driven culture, working in close partnership with Swansea University, its College of Medicine, Human and Health Science, and the Institute of Life Science.

ABMU is currently involved in an exciting project with Swansea University and Hywel Dda health Board called a Regional Collaboration for Health (ARCH). This is health and science working together, to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the people of South West Wales.

The role of the Board

The three key roles through which effective the board of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg 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

Independent Members will among other things:-

• Play a full and active role in the governance of the Health Board, both clinical and corporate. You will take an active part in discussions, providing your opinion and challenge and support to the Board on key issues.

• Contribute to the work of the Board based upon your independence, your past experience and knowledge, and your 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 organisation;

• 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;

• Analyse and critically review complex information and contribute to sound decision making.

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

Person Specification

Independent Members will demonstrate the following qualities:-

Knowledge & Experience

• An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area 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 information governance requirements required to comply with legislation e.g. Data Protection Act (DPA);

Personal Attributes & Skills

The Health Board has defined a set of shared core values and behaviours – what the organisation stands for. You will need to be able to demonstrate the following:

• Good communication skills and the ability to engage with employees and employee representatives at all levels within the Health Board;

• Ability to work as part of a team and in partnership with other key organisations;

• Ability to involve and work with stakeholders to help shape, develop and improve services; and

• Ability to analyse and critically review complex information

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 Role Specific Criteria

You will have to demonstrate:-

Ability to apply legal knowledge and skills in a strategic board environment.
A sound understanding of corporate governance.
Ability to apply legal expertise to assimilate and interpret complex and unfamiliar information.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the role of the Independent Member, please contact Andrew Davies, Chair of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Tel: 01639 683302. Email:

For further information about Abertawe Bro Morgannwg 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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