Vice-Chair for the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Body: Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: The Trust is a national service, with meetings held across Wales and virtually by Teams. As we return to face to face Board and Board development sessions, these are likely to be primarily in Cardiff however regular regional meetings will also be held to engage with staff, the public and our stakeholders.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £21,408 per annum plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits.
Time Requirements: 8 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    07/10/2022 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The WAST Board plays a key role in shaping strategy, vision, purpose
and culture. Led by an independent Chair and comprised of a mixture of
both Executive and Non-Executive Members, the Board has a collective
responsibility for the performance of the Trust.

The Vice-chair will actively support the Chair in developing the performance
and effective governance of the Board, upholding the values of the NHS in
Wales, and promoting the confidence of the public and partners. The Vice-chair
will further strengthen the independent membership capability and act as a
sounding board for the Chair.

The Vice-chair will:

Contribute to constructive debate regarding strategic development and
other material and significant issues facing the Trust;
Provide independent judgement and advice on issues of quality, strategy,
vision, performance, resources, and standards of conduct;
Constructively challenge, influence and support the Executive Directors in
developing proposals on such strategies;
Together with other Board members provide leadership within a
framework of prudent and effective controls to ensure the long term
sustainability of the Trust.

Scrutinise the Trust’s three year medium term plan, ensuring that it
establishes clear objectives to deliver the strategy; encompasses the
necessary quality, workforce, operational and financial resources for the
Trust to meet its objectives; and regularly reviews performance against
the plan.

Receive, review and apply appropriate scrutiny to quality, performance,
workforce and financial data and information to compare achievements
against targets and, where necessary, support the implementation of
remedial action;
Seek out challenging objectives for improving performance;
Ensure effective control arrangements are in place to secure the financial
viability of the Trust.

Deputise for the Chair and lead the Board in their absence and perform
additional functions as agreed with the Chair;
Scrutinise the Trust’s commitment to the highest standards of
governance, such that it acts in the interests of the population and
partners it serves and is seen to be accountable for the services provided
and the resources used;
Ensure that internal controls and systems of risk management are robust
and well governed;
Analyse and interpret information provided to the Board, seeking
clarification, further assurances, and triangulation of information wherever
Ensure the Trust complies with its Standing Orders, policies, and relevant
legislation and regulations.

Culture and Behaviour
Demonstrate the Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan
Principles) of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness,
honesty, and leadership;
Provide strong, effective, and visible leadership internally through Board
and Committees, and externally through connections with a wider range
of stakeholders;
Support a culture that encourages staff, patients, families and the public
to raise concerns that are then appropriately addressed;
Ensure the Trust embraces and promotes equality, diversity and inclusion
for all its population, patients, staff, and stakeholders;
Demonstrate and encourage the highest standards of probity, integrity
and governance, ensuring that the Trust’s governance arrangements
comply with best practice and statutory requirements;
Provide visible compassionate leadership in supporting and promoting a
healthy culture for the health body and reflect this, and the values of the
Trust, in their own behaviour;
Ensure the Trust shows an appreciation of bilingualism and culture, and
a commitment to promoting, embracing and mainstreaming the Welsh
Bring past experience, knowledge and influence to the work of the Board
to promote innovation, curiosity, and to challenge norms.

Be expected, with support, to understand the business of the Trust
through active involvement;
Build and maintain close relations between the Trust’s partners and
stakeholder groups to promote the effective operation of the Trust’s
Participate as a member of the All Wales Vice-chairs Network.

Board Activities
Participate fully in the work of the Board and Committees, including pre and
post-meeting engagement and annual evaluations to support good
Attend, and where relevant, chair Board Committees and other ad hoc
meetings of the Board;
Attend Board development sessions and other internal and external
training and development opportunities;
In conjunction with the other Board Members, discharge their duties in
relation to the Charitable Fund, of which the Board acts as the corporate
Assume and promote the role of a champion in areas of focus which are
either set by the Welsh Government or assigned by the health body;
Undergo an annual personal performance appraisal, participating in
any additional training and development highlighted as a result of the
evaluation process to ensure personal objectives are delivered.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Which the candidate must be able to demonstrate includes:

A track record of strategic, board level leadership in a public sector,
private or third sector organisation
Commitment to engaging with people who use our services, our staff
and stakeholders
An understanding of and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team to meet common
Ability to apply strategic insight and lived experience for the benefit of
the people who use our services, our staff and stakeholders
Experience in providing independent challenge and scrutiny whilst
maintaining constructive relationships
Excellent communication and/or public speaking skills

Desirable Criteria

Which may include any of the following:

Experience in chairing at Board or Board Committee level
An understanding of risk management and systems of internal control
and assurance
Demonstrable leadership and strategic change management experience
including culture change
Well respected reputation for partnership and collaboration expertise in
the public sector, private or third sector organisation
Experience of working in regulated environments
Specific experience of strategy or general management
An understanding of the challenges facing WAST in delivering high
quality, safe services to patients that are clinically and financially

Standards in public life
You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal
conduct. All successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to the Code of
Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies.


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