Independent Member (Legal) – Cardiff & Vale 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.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,936 per annum
Time Requirements: 4 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 Michael Imperato as Independent Member (Legal) to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Date: 01/09/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


  • Stakeholder Panel

    Stakeholder Panel to be held on Thursday 29 June 2017.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) was established in October 2009 and is one of the largest NHS organisations in the UK. As a UHB, we have a responsibility for around 475,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. This includes health promotion and public health functions as well as the provision of local primary care services (GP practices, dentists, optometrists and community pharmacists) and the running of hospitals, health centres, community health teams and mental health services. Together with some services from other health Boards and key partners, these provide a full ranges of health services for our local residents and those from further afield in both Wales and England who use our specialist services. The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales (CHfW) is based on the site of the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. It provides health care for the children of Cardiff but also provides tertiary services for children across Wales. At the University Hospital Llandough we have Hafan y Coed, the new adult mental health unit which opened in April 2016, providing a modern, therapeutic and recovery focussed environment to adults experiencing mental health issues. This new unit is first class and will help recovery and rehabilitation for service users.

Shaping our Future Wellbeing is our 10 year Strategy (2015-2025) Caring for People; Keeping People Well is why we exist as a UHB, our vision being that a person’s chance of leading a healthy life is the same wherever they live and whoever they are. At its heart our strategy has the desire to achieve joined up care based on home first, avoiding harm waste and variation, empowering people and delivering outcomes that matter to them.

To deliver these highly diverse and complex services, we spend over £1.2 billion every year and employ around 14,000 staff. When many people think of the NHS they think of doctors and nurses, but it is important to remember that many varied roles that make the care we provide possible. Allied healthcare professionals and health scientists comprise more than 40 different professions including dieticians, physiotherapists, radiographers, audiologists and laboratory scientists. Healthcare support workers play a key role in supporting staff to deliver direct clinical care and those providing non-clinical support include our portering staff, cleaning and catering staff, electricians and engineers and many others.

We are also a teaching Health Board with close links to Cardiff University, which boasts a high profile teaching, research and development role with the UK and abroad. This is alongside other academic links with Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales. Together, we are training the next generation of clinical professionals in order that we develop our expertise and improve our clinical outcomes.

The role of the Board

The three key roles through which effective the board of the Cardiff and Vale 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 Cardiff and Vale 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

Independent Member – Legal

You will have to demonstrate:

• Ability to apply legal knowledge and skills in a strategic board environment.
• Ability to offer advice to the Board on a range of issues, which could include corporate, employment and contract law.
• Ability to provide advice to the Board on corporate governance including professional regulation.
• 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 Maria Battle, Chair of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Tel 02920745684, Email

For further information about Cardiff and Vale 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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