Vice -Chair and Independent Members - Digital Health and Care Wales

Body: Digital Health and Care Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health
Location: The post holders may be required to travel to the head office in Cardiff and other locations across Wales to attend meetings and perform other duties associated with the roles. In response to COVID-19, meetings have also been held via digital platforms. Where this has proved effective this is likely to continue.
Number of Vacancies: Vice-Chair and 4 Independent Members
Remuneration: The post of Vice-Chair will be paid at £21,408 per annum, paid monthly or quarterly in arrears as agreed with DHCW. The post of Independent Member will be paid at £9,360 per annum, paid monthly or quarterly in arrears as agreed with DHCW. Where an Independent Member is allowed time off from their current employment with pay to perform their duties, they will receive no additional remuneration for undertaking the Independent Member role. They will be treated in the same way as other employees who are given paid time off to undertake public duties.
Time Requirements: The time commitment for these roles is based on a notional of a minimum of: Eight (8) days per month for the Vice-Chair, and Four (4) days per month for an Independent Member, But this will be subject to organisational demands and is often higher than the minimum requirement.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    20/11/2020

  • Closed for Applications

    14/12/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    18/12/2020

  • Final Interview Date

    12/02/2021

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

  • Bob Hudson Added 20/11/2020

    Panel Chair

    Interim Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales • Representative of Organisation

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  • Bob Hudson Added 20/11/2020

    Panel Chair

    Interim Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales • Representative of Organisation

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  • Maria Battle Added 20/11/2020

    Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board • Independent Member

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  • Ifan Evans Added 20/11/2020

    Departmental Official

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  • Melanie Westlake Added 20/11/2020

    Departmental Official

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  • Emma Wollett Added 20/11/2020

    Chair of Swansea Bay University Health Board • Independent Member

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  • Ifan Evans Added 20/11/2020

    Departmental Official

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  • Melanie Westlake Added 20/11/2020

    Departmental Official

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Vacancy Description

Role description and person specification This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the organisation responsible for enhancing functions available to support digital services across NHS Wales. DHCW will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of first-class digital health and care services enabling effective, efficient and safer decision-making through the provision of access to content-rich, person-focused health and care data and information.

Role and responsibilities In conjunction with the Chair and Executive Officers, the Vice-Chair* and Independent Members of the Board will be responsible for:

 establishing and taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of DHCW consistent with its overall purpose and within the policy and resources framework determined by the Minister for Health and Social Services;
 contributing to the work of the Board, based upon their independence, past experience and knowledge, and ability to stand back from the day-to dayoperational management;
 analysing and critically reviewing complex information and contributing to sound decision-making, ensuring the decisions are open and transparent;
 ensuring compliance with any statutory or administrative requirements in respect of the use of public funds and legislation relevant to the organisation;
 ensuring the organisation operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with Welsh Government, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds and legislative requirement;
 ensuring that, in reaching decisions, it takes into account guidance issued by the Welsh Government;
 ensuring that it receives, reviews and scrutinises regularly, financial information concerning the management of DHCW;
 ensuring that it is informed in a timely manner about any concerns as to the activities of DHCW and that, where applicable, it provides positive assurance to the Minister for Health and Social Services, via the Health and Social Services Group that appropriate remedial action has been taken to address any such concerns;  demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, including by using appropriate Committees to help the Board to receive assurance and address key financial and other risks;
 ensuring a positive culture and promote the values and standards of conduct for the organisation and staff; and
 working closely with NHS bodies, the public, private and third sector organisations, making sure that the views of patients, carers and families are fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services.

In time, successful candidates will be expected to fully understand the business and through active involvement support the effective performance of the organisation.

*In addition to the above the Vice-Chair will also be responsible for:

 providing strong, effective and visible leadership, across digital systems and services within primary, community, mental health and learning disability services. Internally through the board and its committees and externally through their connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners within the wider community;
 deputising for the Chair and leading the Board in their absence, performing additional functions as agreed with the Chair; and
 participating as a member of the All Wales Vice-Chairs Network.

Person Specification

Person Specification
To be considered you must be able to demonstrate the following qualities and experience:

Essential Criteria Experience of at least one of the following areas:

 Health and care sector experience;
 A broad understanding of digital platforms, systems and services;
 Strategic leadership;
 Governance/Legal;
 Business/strategic planning;
 Finance/Accounting;
 HR/workforce planning;
 Improvement work; or,
 Communications/Marketing.

Knowledge and experience:

 an understanding of the issues and priorities that are likely to be important to DHCW and the ability to understand the role and work of the Board;
 an ability to hold the executive officers to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;
 ability to think strategically and to exercise sound judgement on a range of sensitive and complex issues;
 ability to analyse and interpret detailed information; and
 an understanding of how diverse groups bring their lived experiences as transferable skills and experience

* In addition the Vice-Chair will have experience of a leadership role within the private, public or third sectors, with the ability to look ahead and provide strategic leadership

Skills and Personal Attributes:

 good communication skills and the ability to engage with employees, employee representatives and stakeholders to help shape, develop and improve services;
 a clear commitment to understanding and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion;  ability to show an appreciation of bilingualism and culture, and a commitment to promoting and mainstreaming of the Welsh language.

*In addition the Vice-Chair will have:

 the ability to be an effective advocate and ambassador, instilling vision, together with the ability to influence others
 ability to facilitate understanding of complex issues while demonstrating respect for the views of others;
 sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness; and
 strong understanding of digital platforms, systems or services and a working knowledge of how these are utilised to enable change.

Additional Information

PLEASE CLEARLY STATE IN YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT WHETHER YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE VICE-CHAIR, INDEPENDENT MEMBER POSITIONS OR BOTH

 

Welsh Language Skills

Welsh Language Skills are essential for one successful candidate (either Member or Vice-Chair) and desirable for others but not a pre-requisite for the remaining appointments. However, all candidates will be expected to show commitment towards the language and culture, and demonstrate leadership to strengthen and promote bilingual service provision within the NHS in Wales. The level of skill required is as follows:

Essential

Understanding = 3 – Can understand routine work-related conversations;

Reading = 3 – Can read some routine work-related material with support e.g. dictionary;

Speaking = 4 – Can converse in most work-related conversations; and

Writing = 3 – Can prepare routine work-related material with checking.

Desirable 

Understanding = 2 – Can understand basic conversations about everyday topic;

Reading = 2 – Can read simple material on everyday topics with understanding;

Speaking = 3 – Can converse in some work-related conversations; and

Writing = 1 – Can write basic messages on everyday topics.

 

Contacts:

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team Public Bodies Unit Email: .

For further information regarding the role of the Vice-Chair or an Independent Member, please contact Bob Hudson, Interim Chair or Ifan Evans, Programme Director.

Tel: 07453 978482 Email: bob.hudson@wales.nhs.uk

Tel: 03000 251496 Email: ifan.evans@gov.wales

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact publicappointments@gov.wales.

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit https://gov.wales/public-appointments.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on: PublicAppointments@gov.wales.

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments.

Attachments
DHCW Vice Chair_ Independent Member Candidate Information pack (W)
DHCW Vice Chair_ Independent Member Candidate Information pack (E)

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