Independent Member (Trade Union) - Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Wales
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: 4 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



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.



Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has an important job to do. What we do matters because it’s our job to care for people and keep them well. We all want to do this to the best of our abilities – but we know that good intentions are not always enough.

At Cardiff and Vale University Health Board our values and example behaviours are:

– We care about the people we serve and the people we work with.

– Treat people as you would like to be treated and always with compassion

– We trust and respect one another

– Look for feedback from others on how you are doing and strive for better ways of doing things

– We take personal responsibility

– Be enthusiastic and take responsibility for what you do.

– We treat people with kindness

– Thank people, celebrate success and when things go wrong ask ‘what can I learn’?

– We act with integrity

– Never let structures get in the way of doing the right thing.

Our values guide the way we work and the way we behave with others.  Post holders will be expected at all times to behave in accordance with our values demonstrating commitment to the delivery of high quality services to patients.

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

Role Specific Criteria
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. The role specific criteria for the Independent Member (Trade Union) is as follows:-

You must be a member of a trade union and a current employee of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
You will have to demonstrate:-
• A knowledge and understanding of trade union matters in the area served by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
• Ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of trade union matters in a strategic board environment.
In addition to evidencing these criteria please answer the questions outlined on pages 3 and 4 of this candidate pack.

The Chair of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is happy to discuss the role specific criteria with applicants on request. Please see page five for contact details.

Questions to answer as part of your application in your personal statement in no more then 2 sides of A4.

Please outline how you meet the role specific criteria on page 7 of this booklet.

Describe your understanding of health issues and priorities in Wales and how these would apply within the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

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 held a senior person to account while maintaining a constructive relationship.

Please provide evidence of your of communications and engagement skills. Please provide a specific example outlining your approach in communicating and engaging with people at all levels, what skills and methods you used and the outcome.

How can you show you have demonstrated our values.

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 the Vice Chair, please contact Maria Battle, Chair of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Tel: 029 2074 5684. Email:

For further information about Cardiff and Vale 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

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