Vice Chair - Cwm Taf University Health Board

Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: Board meetings held bi- monthly normally at various locations across the geographical area covered by Cwm Taf UHB. The UHB also has various committees, the meetings which meet either bi-monthly or quarterly.
Skills required: Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £47, 736 per annum
Time Requirements: 13 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Sift to take place week commencing 11 September 2017

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Cwm Taf University Health Board (UHB) was established in October 2009 and achieved ‘University’ status in 2013. We live our philosophy – Cwm Taf Cares, which is how we support staff to look after themselves as well as help us in how we care for patients. At Cwm Taf University Health Board we care for some of the UK’s most deprived populations – the legacies of poverty, decline in industry and poor health can still be seen throughout the South Wales Valleys – but we are committed to tackling health inequalities in partnership with our local communities.

Challenging what we do every day is vital to achieving high standards and we believe that the good relationships we have built both inside and outside of our organisation are the key to motivating our people to strive for excellence. Connecting with our staff, building trust and working in partnership with our local communities is the way that we do business.

As a UHB, we have a responsibility for providing and commissioning health care services for nearly 300,000 people living in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. We also provide some NHS Services to people living in the neighbouring areas of the Upper Rhymney Valley, South Powys, North Cardiff and the Western Vale of Glamorgan. This includes 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 as well as health promotion and public health services.

We provide a full range of health services for our local residents and commission specialist services from other providers. In particularly are responsible for the provision of child and adolescent mental health services for South Wales. Cwm Taf is also the host body for the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) and the Emergency Ambulance Services Committee (EASC)

Our priorities going forward are shaped by our approved (by Welsh Government) Integrated Medium Term Plan 2017-2020 which sets our objectives and plans. We are very proud to have achieved 4 successive years of approved plan. Quality and safety continue to underpin our system of integrated planning. Within the context of a community that experiences significant challenges in terms of deprivation and the burden of ill health, the focus is clearly on quality of delivery, improved patient experiences, ensuring optimal access to services, prudent healthcare and equity of resources. To deliver our plan which is highly diverse and developing complex services, we spend over £600m every year and employ around 8,000 staff; we are the second largest employer in the area.

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 the delivery of direct clinical care and those providing non-clinical support include our portering staff, cleaning, catering staff, electricians, engineers and many others. All are equally important in achieving the best possible care for our communities.

Cwm Taf has a well established Academic Partnership Board and we have close links to the University of South Wales, Cardiff University and with Cardiff Metropolitan University. Together, we are developing the next generation of clinical professionals in order that we develop our expertise and improve our clinical outcomes. The £2.8m Academic Centre which opened at the Keir Hardie University Health Park site in January 2015 was set up in partnership with Cardiff University to train the doctors of tomorrow in community medicine. The Academic Centre is the jewel in Merthyr Tydfil’s crown and symbolises our aspiration for the future generations of the south Wales valleys.

Our Vision
To be recognised as a population well-being organisation that continually makes a positive contribution to improving the lives of all Cwm Taf residents”

Strategic Objectives
The Board’s overarching role is to ensure its Strategy outlined within ‘Cwm Taf Cares’ 3 Year Integrated Medium Term Plan 2015-2018 and the related organisational objectives aligned with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) ‘Triple Aim’ are being progressed, these in summary are:

• To improve quality, safety and patient experience
• To protect and improve population health
• To ensure that the services provided are accessible and sustainable into the future
• To provide strong governance and assurance
• To ensure good value based care and treatment for our patients in line with the resources made available to the Health Board.

The role of the Board

The three key roles through which the board of the Cwm Taf University Health Board demonstrates leadership within its organisation are:

1. Formulating strategy

2. 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

3. Shaping a positive culture for the Board and the organisation.

The role of the Board member focuses on four key areas:

1. Strategy – to contribute to strategic development and decision-making

2. Performance – to ensure that effective management arrangements 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

3. Risk – to ensure that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and systems of risk management and assurance are robust and defensible

4. 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

This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to the lives of people and communities served by Cwm Taf University Health Board. The Vice-Chair will be a member of the Board and will deputise for the Chair in the latter’s absence.

The Vice-Chair will:

• Be required to play a full and active role in the governance of the Health Board, both clinical and corporate, and are expected to bring to the Board an independent judgement on issues of performance, key appointments, looking ahead and accountability

• Contribute to the work of the Board based upon their independence, their past experience and knowledge, and their 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 Health Board.

• 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.

In addition to his / her corporate role across the breadth of Cwm Taf University Health Board’s responsibilities, the Vice-Chair will have a specific brief to oversee the UHB’s primary, community, mental health and learning disability services ensuring a balanced care model to meet the needs of the UHB’s population.

In addition to his / her corporate role across the breadth of the Health Board, the Vice-Chair will:-

• Provide strong, effective and visible leadership, across primary, community, mental health and learning disability services; internally through the board and its committees, and externally through his/her connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners within the wider community levels and nationally

• Chair the Mental Health Act Monitoring Committee of the Board which oversees compliance with mental health legislation, codes of practice and undertakes scrutiny on behalf of the Board and in line with the Integrated Medium Term Plan.

• Chair the Primary and Community Care Committee in line with the Terms of Reference to undertake scrutiny of primary and community services on behalf of the Board and in line with the Integrated Medium Term Plan.

• Chair the Together for Health Partnership Board, a partnership board with statutory partners and third sector members.

• Work effectively with community partners, particularly in their sphere of responsibility and more widely supporting the Chair to ensure that the organisational culture and working practices are based upon a spirit of open, meaningful and sustainable partnerships.

• The Vice-Chair will have excellent communication skills and will, through effective scrutiny, assure the Board that the organisational structures give equal weight to primary, community and mental health services as to other services and provide opportunities for contractor services to fully engage in the design of services.

• Support the implementation and monitoring of the Health Board’s performance management framework and ensure integrated performance management and quality improvement.

• Help build and sustain a direct relationship with primary care contractor professionals, ensuring their full engagement in the work of the Health Board.

• Undertake an external ambassador role, delivering in the public spotlight and instilling public confidence.

Person Specification

Vice-Chairs will demonstrate the following qualities:-

Knowledge & Experience

• Experience of leading and developing a successful private, public or third sector organisation, with the ability to look ahead and provide strategic leadership

• Experience of understanding the relationship between resource allocation and management and delivery of service priorities within a framework of robust governance

• Ability to analyse complex information and contribute to sound decision making

• Ability to work with the executives to ensure the Board leads the organisation effectively. Where necessarily you will demonstrate skills that will enable you to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship

• Ability to contribute to the ‘Governance’ of the Health Board, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process;

• Experience of working within communities and multi-disciplinary teams.

Personal Attributes & Skills

You will need to be able to demonstrate the following:-

• Ability to lead and inspire staff, to look ahead and identify key issues for the organisation

• Strong interpersonal skills with personal impact and credibility to be an effective advocate and ambassador with strong influencing and negotiating skills

• Drive and determination, with the ability to instil vision and develop defined strategies to pursue long and short-term goals particularly through the implementation of Integrated Medium Term Plan 2017-2020

• Excellent communication skills, with the ability to be clear and succinct, and to be able to engage with people at all levels

• Ability to facilitate understanding of complex issues while demonstrating respect for the views of others

• Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness

• Capacity to be independent and resilient and

• Ability to discharge the Vice-Chair role in the context of the broader statutory and corporate responsibilities of the Board and the roles of the Chair and Chief Executive

Candidates must also demonstrate:-

• A clear understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices
• A clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre at Welsh Government
Tel: 029 2082 5454

For further information regarding the role of the Vice Chair, please contact either Professor Marcus Longley, Chair Designate of Cwm Taf University Health Board or Dr Chris Jones, Chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board. Tel: 01443 744800.

For further information about Cwm Taf 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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How to Apply

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