Independent Member – Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Public Health Wales is the national public health organisation in Wales. It has an all-Wales remit, occupies a number of premises across Wales and has a policy of taking public meetings out into the communities it serves. The successful candidate will therefore be required to travel to all parts of Wales, although a significant number of meetings and Board related events will be held at the Headquarters in Cardiff. Some overnight stays will be required.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post of Independent Member will be paid at £ 9,360 per annum .paid monthly or quarterly in arrears as agreed with the Trust.
Time Requirements: 4 days per month


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

No appointment was made on this appointment. It has been decided to relaunch this competition shortly.

Date: 13/09/2017

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • • Annie Jones, Added 15/05/2017

    Panel Chair

    Workforce & Organisational Development, Welsh Government • Departmental Official

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  • Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB, Added 15/05/2017

    Chair of Public Health Wales NHS Trust • Other Panel Member

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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.

The role of the Board

The three key roles through which the board of Public Health Wales NHS Trust 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 Trust, 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 Trust, 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 and Experience

• An understanding and an appreciation of public health issues;
• 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
• experience of strategic/business planning
• a financial or health economics background.

These are only intended to be examples and are by no means exhaustive.

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.

Additional Information

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:

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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