Independent Member (Trade Union) - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: The Health Board’s headquarters are at St Cadocs Hospital, Caerleon, at which most Board meetings and Committee meetings are held. Board members are also expected to attend events and activities throughout the Health Board area.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post of Independent Member (TU) is not remunerated. The Independent Member (TU) will be given paid facility time in order to undertake the role
Time Requirements: The post of Independent Member to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is based on a notional commitment of a minimum four (4) days per month but this will be subject to organisational demands and is often higher than the minimum requirement.


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

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport has agreed to appoint Louise Wright as Independent Member (Trade Union) to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board for a period of 3 years.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    week commencing 13 February 2017

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Elaine Chamberlain Added 16/01/2017

    Panel Chair

    Head of Professional Education & Regulation, Workforce & Organisationsl Development, Department of Health & Social Services, Welsh Government • Departmental Official

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  • David Jenkins Added 16/01/2017

    Chair of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board • Representative of Organisation

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  • Martin Featherstone Added 17/02/2017

    Director of GAVO • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (UHB) is an organisation with a budget of just over £1 billion. It was established in 2009 as an integrated Local Health Board responsible for planning and delivering a wide range of primary, community and secondary health services to the populations of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, and Torfaen. The Health Board also has the responsibility to work with partners to promote and improve the health and well-being of its local population. Taken together with an estimate of the patients living in South Powys and other areas that are served by the UHB for acute services, the patient population served is close to 600,000. The University Health Board commissions a broad range of services secured through a number of contracts and contracting arrangements with English, Welsh and Third Sector Providers.

The University Health Board has three acute hospitals providing a range of inpatient and outpatient services; these are the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport; Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach and Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny. There are also a range of other hospitals and facilities across Health Board area.

The University Health Board employs 400 General Practitioners and Salaried GPs providing general medical services from 88 General Practices. Supporting these are 214 practice nurses, 145 health care support workers and a number of administrative staff, including practice managers, receptionists, secretaries and IT officers. Around 375 General Dental Practitioners provide general dental services from 79 practices. There are 129 Community Pharmacies and 69 Optometry premises across the University Health Board.

The University Health Board delivers a growing range of community based services in patient’s homes, through community hospitals and through health centres and clinics. There are a number of smaller community hospitals, integrated health and social care centres, and health centres providing important clinical services to our residents closer to home.

The University Health Board also provides comprehensive Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services in both hospital and community settings to the population of Gwent and South Powys.

The role of the Board

The three key roles through which the Board of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board delivers 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 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

Role description and person specification

This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to the lives of the people served by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Role and responsibilities

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 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.

• Contribute to the governance and accountability of the Health Board, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully to the decision making process;

Person Specification

Independent Members will demonstrate the following qualities:-

Knowledge & Experience

• An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Aneurin Bevan 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

• A broad understanding of the governance requirements.

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.

Role Specific Criteria

The criteria specific for this role is as follows:-

You must be a member of a recognised trade union in relation to employment matters and a current employee of Aneurin Bevan UHB.

You will have to demonstrate:-

• Knowledge and understanding of workforce related matters in the area served by Aneurin Bevan UHB.

• Ability to apply your knowledge and understanding within a strategic Board environment

The Board Secretary of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is happy to discuss the role specific criteria with applicants on request.

How to Apply

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 the Independent Member, please contact Richard Bevan, Board Secretary of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Tel: 01633 435959. Email:

For further information about Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, you may wish to visit the Health Board’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

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - Information pack for applicants (Trade Union)
Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Aneurin Bevan - Pecyn gwybodaeth i ymgeiswyr (Undeb Llafur)
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