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 Group
Senior Civil Service 1
circa £71,000
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
This post is available as a fixed term appointment or secondment/loan for up to 4 years. It is available to permanent UK Civil Service employees (recruited through fair and open competition) on a loan basis. This post is also available to those who wish to join the Civil Service on a fixed term appointment and to those who wish to apply on a secondment basis.
Up to 4 years.
Pan Wales

Closing Date

15/08/2022, 23:55

Purpose of Post

The post sits within the Department for Health and Social Services, which is unique within Welsh Government in that it is responsible for exercising strategic leadership and management of the NHS in Wales as well as providing support to the Minister for Health and Social Services and the democratic processes of the Welsh Parliament / Senedd Cymru. It achieves this via 7 Local Health Boards and 3 NHS Trusts which are directly accountable to the Minister for Health and Social Services through the Chief Executive of NHS Wales and Director General.  

The post reports to the Director for Community, Primary Care, Mental Health and Vulnerable Groups, with professional accountability to the Chief Medical Officer.

The Primary and Community Care Division has a diverse range of duties, including responsibility for:

  • The development and implementation of policies in relation to general medical services; dentistry; pharmacy, prescribing and access to new medicines; optometry and ophthalmology and audiology; diagnostics and therapies.
  • Ongoing reform for the contracts used to commission primary care services from independent practitioners to enable the delivery of seamless local care and support.

Primary Care is a diverse multifaceted environment, embedded and dependant on joint collaborative working across many disciplines to provide care to an individual in a timely, effective, co-ordinated and prudent manner with that individual at the centre of the care decision-making process.

The post reflects this, and whilst for many working within Welsh Government will be a new environment, the successful applicant will be experienced within different aspects of healthcare provision. A key component will be to effectively communicate and interact within the department, but crucially to bridge across to different areas allowing wider matrix working – see key relationships.

The role itself is consequently busy and wide ranging but at its core is the aim to improve the health outcomes for the people of Wales, increasing the services available in the community so people receive their care closer to home, by the most appropriate person, and with seamless integrated pathways to other services.

This requires close working with different sections of Welsh Government, the NHS and private contractors.

It is not necessarily about having a high profile for the wider ground roots of the profession – that aspect is more the function of the National Clinical Lead.

Equality and Diversity

The Welsh Government is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. This is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010 and will be adhered to at each stage of the recruitment process. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments are also embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.

We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and increasing diversity in the Welsh Government by removing barriers and supporting all our staff to reach their potential. We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in Welsh Government.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), impairment or health condition, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.

We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Level 3 (Leader) organisation. Key to supporting this work and providing peer support are five Board sponsored Staff Networks (Disability Awareness and Support (DAAS); Minority Ethnic Support Network (MESN); Mind Matters (Mental health and well-being); PRISM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex +) and Women Together.

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

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.

Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can write basic messages on everyday topics

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Assessment Process

The below activities will form part of the overall assessment required for this recruitment exercise:

• On Line Psychometric Tests - these will include numerical and verbal reasoning and a discussion with a psychologist. You will receive a link to these on-line tests within 10 working days from the shortlisting meeting.
If you have completed the online psychometric test in the last 2 years, for a post at the same grade, it will not be necessary for you to take these tests again for this particular recruitment exercise.

• Media test - Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a Media test. These are scheduled w/c 5 September. Further details will follow.

• Panel Interviews & Presentation – these are scheduled on 30 September 2022. These will also take place virtually via Microsoft Teams. Interviews will last around 45 minutes. The Panel will receive feedback on your psychometric tests and staff/stakeholder engagement exercise before you are interviewed. Your interview will consider how your skills and experience as outlined in your CV and personal statement meet the requirements of the role. Candidates will be given at least one week’s notice of the presentation topic. Please note that presentations are to be delivered without the use of hand-outs or electronic devices unless as part of a reasonable adjustment, however, you are welcome to use prompt cards. 

Please note, recruitment adjustments can be made at any part of the recruitment process for candidates with an impairment or health condition, who are neuro-divergent or who use British Sign Language.  Please get in touch with to discuss adjustments for any part of the process. 

How to apply

Completed application form, an up to date CV, together with a personal statement of suitability for the post should be submitted by the closing date.  All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format or if you need to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment 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 the Senior Civil Service recruitment process within the Welsh Government, please see the SCS Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link). Further guidance on Preparing Your Personal Statement (link) is also available.

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

Other information about the vacancy

Name Free Recruitment
Your name should be removed from your CV and personal statement when you 
submit your application.
30 September 2022

This vacancy is closed to applications.