Independent Member - Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Wales
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £9,360 per annum
Time Requirements: 4 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description


The vision of Public Health Wales is to make Wales a happier, healthier and fairer place to live. We do this by working locally, nationally and internationally to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales and reduce health inequalities.

We have approximately 1,500 staff across Wales and a budget of over £100 million. The organisation employs the majority of the specialist public health resource in Wales.

Our Strategy  

Our Integrated Medium Term Plan, also known as our Strategic Plan, presents how we will work for our population over the next three years. It is radically different to how we have worked before. It is about continuing to improve the services we deliver to ensure they are high quality, safe, efficient and effective.

We provide advice, expertise and specialist services to the Welsh Government, working across departments, the seven health boards, NHS Trusts, 22 local authorities, other agencies and to the population of Wales. Each of the seven health boards in Wales employs a Director of Public Health who is supported by the critical mass of expertise employed by Public Health Wales at the local and community level and who, under an honorary contract, manages locally based Public Health Wales staff.

What we do

Public Health Wales provides the public health knowledge, scientific expertise and intelligence to lead change and the intellectual challenge to make sure public services focus on delivering health improvement and reducing inequality.

Our Challenges

Health and local government are among the devolved issues so, working nationally and locally, Public Health Wales has access to both policy levers and local delivery systems. Public Health Wales, health boards and local authorities work closely together to promote public health in their areas and will jointly identify and set the local strategic agenda. However, fundamental challenges to improving public health remain.

Person Specification

Independent Members will demonstrate the following qualities:-

Knowledge and Experience

  • An understanding and an appreciation of public health issues;
  • The ability to contribute effectively at Board level;
  • The ability to understand the role and work of the organisation and ensure the Board is central to the delivery of its services;
  • Experience in analysing complex information and contributing to sound evidence-based  informed decision making;
  • Ability to work with the Executive Directors and other Board members to ensure the Board leads the organisation effectively. Where necessary you will demonstrate skills that will enable you to hold the Executives to account, with appropriate challenge, for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;
  • Ability to contribute to the governance of the organisation, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process;
  • Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues;
  • A broad understanding of the governance requirements which need to be in place to comply with legislation, for example Data Protection Act (DPA), health and safety at work etc;
  • An appreciation of the requirements of the Well-being and Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the influence that this must have on ensuring a “Healthier, Happier and Fairer Wales” for the population of Wales and future generations.

Personal Attributes and Skills

The Trust has defined a set of shared core values – Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference. To help demonstrate your commitment to these values 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 organisation
  • To act as an ambassador for the organisation and represent it at various events and conferences
  • Skills and ability to work as part of a team and in partnership with other key organisations.

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.

Role Specific Criteria

Public Health affects all communities and individuals and we are therefore seeking applications from people from a wide variety of different and diverse backgrounds. For example, we would welcome applications from people with:

  •  a genuine desire to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales
  • an appreciation of the wider determinants of health
  • experience of working with communities and community groups
  • experience of providing and/or ensuring quality services and informed advice. This need not necessarily be in a health environment

 We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people with experience of finance and strategic business planning at a senior level.

 As noted on page 4, the ability to communicate in both English and Welsh is an essential requirement for appointment to this post or Welsh to be learnt when appointed to the required standard

Questions to answer as part of your application in your personal statement

  • Describe your understanding of health issues and priorities in Wales and how these would apply within Public Health Wales NHS Trust.
  • Please give a specific example or examples of when you have had to analyse complex information to contribute to sound decision making.
  • Please describe an occasion when you have worked with someone on an important matter where your perspectives may have differed, but still maintained a constructive relationship.
  • Please can you provide evidence of your communication and engagement skills. Provide one specific example outlining your approach in communicating and engaging with people at any level, what skills and methods you used and the outcome achieved.
  • Please describe a specific example, or examples, where you have involved various teams, partners or stakeholders to improve a service or process. Please outline your personal contribution and the outcome.
  • Please outline how you meet the role specific criteria

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre

Tel: 029 2082 5454


For further information regarding the role of Independent Member please contact Melanie Westlake, Board Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance, Public Health Wales NHS Trust.

Tel: 029 20104290


For further information about Public Health Wales NHS Trust, you may wish to visit the Trust’s internet web site:

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Corporate Shared Service Centre Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or

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