Vacancy -- Head of Healthcare Technology & Innovation Programme

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Health and Social Services
Digital and Technology
Executive Band 2 - £48,650 - £58,185
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Various locations, Pan Wales
This post is advertised as Pan Wales, however regular travel to Cardiff will be required.
Successful candidates will be invited to attend an Assessment Gateway between the 10th and 24th July 2019. The assessment process is only available to undertake in Cardiff. Further details of the assessments can be found in the Candidate Guidance document (link available in the How to Apply section of advert).

Purpose of Post:

The post is responsible for the management and oversight of an ongoing portfolio of technology pilot and adoption projects in health and care settings. The post holder will also be responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic and co-ordinated approach to the development, assessment, adoption and evaluation of health technology in Wales.

This work will sits within the wider activity of the Healthcare Innovation portfolio which is intended to contribute to the transformation of health services and to enhance the economic value from health and social care activity.

Key tasks:

  • To work closely with the Deputy Director to undertake policy research, development and delivery of a more strategic and co-ordinated approach to strategic healthcare technology programmes in Wales. This includes the process by which NHS Wales will engage with the development of new technology, the assessment process, its adoption and evaluation.
  • To work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders - seeking views and evidence on healthcare best practice, technology innovation and healthcare management.
  • To develop and maintain the Health Technology and Telehealth Innovation Network as a forum for knowledge and good practice exchange between senior stakeholders from NHS Wales, local authorities, industry and academia.
  • To undertake appraisals of technology-focused funding applications to the Welsh Government.
  • To identify UK and international best practice in relation to the health technology pathway and apply it to Wales.
  • To ensure projects are reviewed and evaluated against original programme aims and other appropriate metrics, including benchmark comparisons and value for money.
  • To provide appropriate briefing and advice to the Health Ministers which aligns with the wider priorities of both the Department of Health and Social Services and wider.
  • To work collaboratively across the Department and wider Welsh Government, seeking and progressing opportunities to align with the work of other divisions.
  • To work with NHS Shared Services Procurement to develop a shared understanding of the concept of NHS as a strategically important organisation to the economy in Wales. This also includes seeking ways in which Welsh businesses can engage in the NHS supply chain more effectively.
  • Innovative Procurement – to lead on the supply chain development and procurement of innovation, manage and monitor funded Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) programme, link to new NHS Wales Shared Service Partnership (NWSSP)/Brexit warehouse business case.
  • Technology Enabled Care (TEC) – to lead on national TEC policy/approach, using budgeting techniques to manage and monitor funded TEC programme.
  • Value Based Healthcare Programme (VBHC) – to lead on value-based healthcare, manage and monitor VBHC procurement, PROMS/PREMS projects.
  • Bevan Innovators Programme – to manage and monitor exemplars of those participating on the programme and first adopters projects that have benefitted from funding through the programme.
  • Strategic Funding Opportunities – to make relevant links across a number of stakeholders; Welsh Government, the wider civil service and to the LS Hub on UK funding opportunities, links to UK Office of Life Sciences and Innovate UK.

Development opportunities:

This role provides the post holder with an opportunity to work at the forefront of identifying, funding and implementing technology into Health and Social Services. Working with a number of stakeholders to identify areas of good practice in innovation and the opportunity to transform health and social services through harnessing technology as an enabler in the industry.

Closing Date:

24/06/2019, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

What the organisation will expect

  • You will have the ability to work under pressure, be flexible, proactive and self-motivated. You will have the ambition to lead and motivate a team to successfully deliver within a challenging, pressured and fast-paced environment
  • You will be able to take an innovative approach, looking for opportunities to do things differently and responsive enough to adapt and develop new options as things change
  • As an effective Civil Servant, you will very quickly need to gain an understanding of the political landscape and the role that Ministers play in setting the agenda for your business area; an understanding of how to get things done with regard to governance and financial management processes; an ability to manage risk, making informed decisions with little or no guidance; and be able to clearly communicate at all levels, including with senior stakeholders and Ministers.

What your team will expect

  • You will value diversity and inclusion, creating an environment where individuals feel safe to challenge, share ideas and express concerns
  • You will be a role model, who is able to motivate and inspire others, establish a vision and bring others on board, providing clear direction and priorities for the team, ensuring that every member understands their contribution to achieving objectives, and feel capable of fulfilling their role.
  • You will support the development of others, demonstrating an understanding of the importance of learning, planning for and providing opportunities and encouragement for individuals to develop, as well as investing time for your own development

What key stakeholders will expect

  • You will be able to use sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide credible advice and guidance to both internal and external stakeholders. 
  • You will understand the importance of building and maintaining constructive relationships, both within and outside Welsh Government. You will have strong influencing skills and the ability to build collaborative relationships that both challenge with support, and build trust and mutual respect across organisational boundaries
  • You will be able to use creative thoughts to develop recommendations, and take advantage of opportunities to work collaboratively across boundaries


For this particular scheme please ignore the instruction relating to competencies and the 300 word limit.

Other Information

The assessment event

Candidates will be assessed for suitability for the role through an Assessment Gateway. The Gateway will last for 3.5 hours and will contain two assessment exercises, plus an interview.  Here is some information on the type of exercises that you will be required to complete during the day. 

  • The Analytical Exercise

This involves the candidates being presented with a large amount of information from various different sources, relating to a relevant business problem. These may take the form of graphs, tables, government papers, advisory documents and newspaper articles. The content is highly complex and the candidate must provide a reasoned recommendation for their conclusions.

  • The Leadership Exercise

This will be a simulation of a meeting which involves candidates taking part in a behavioural exercise that simulates a one-to-one stakeholder meeting between the candidate and a role player based on a specific brief. This brief contains background information, a description of the situation and notes about the person he/she is about to meet. The timings and broad objectives of the meeting are also outlined. Candidates will have approximately twenty minutes to prepare prior to meeting the role player and will need to resolve the situation in a way that is mutually beneficial for both parties.

  • Interview

The interview will involve a blend of behaviour and strength-based questions.  The behaviour-based questions will be used to explore in detail what you are capable of and strengths-based questions to also explore what you enjoy and your motivations relevant to the grade requirements.  

Candidate Guidance

You are strongly advised to read the candidate guidance before you make your application, see link below.

Ifan Evans, Director Technology & Transformation - / 03000 251496

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity, you need to submit a CV and personal statement demonstrating experience in relation to the advertised grade description listed under the competnecy behaviour / job specific section of the advert. 

CV’s should be no longer than 2 sides of A4 and personal statements no longer than 4 sides of A4.

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy 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.

For further information regarding working for the Welsh Government, please see our Recruitment Pack.

For details on how to make your applicaiton, please see the Candiate Guidance.  

This vacancy is closed to applications.