Vacancy -- Independent Members (two posts)

Vacancy details

Public Health Wales NHS Trust
£9,360 per annum

Function of body

Public Health Wales is the National Public Health Institute for Wales providing national system leadership on all aspects of public health. As an NHS Trust, Public Health Wales is part of the NHS Wales family. The organisation delivers public health services (including health protection, microbiology and national screening programmes), national health and wellbeing programmes, supports NHS quality improvement through the 1000 lives Improvement Service, analyses and provides population health intelligence, facilitates significant cross-sector collaborative programmes and advises Welsh Government on public health policy.


Public Health Wales occupies over 50 premises across Wales and has a policy of taking public meetings out into the communities it serves. The successful candidate will therefore be required to travel to all parts of Wales, although a significant number of meetings and Board related events will be held at the Headquarters in Cardiff. Some overnight stays will be required.

Role description

Independent Members will among other things:


Discharge effective governance of the organisation, in all its integrated forms. You will take an active part in discussions, providing your opinion and challenge, and support to the Board on key issues.

Contribute to the development and maintenance of a healthy culture across the organisation’s functions and services. 

Contribute to the work of the Board based upon your independence, your past experience and knowledge, and your ability to stand back from the day to day operational management. 

Contribute to 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 organisation.

Work closely with other public, private and voluntary organisations ensuring that the views of patients, carers and families are fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services.

Analyse and critically review complex information and contribute to sound decision-making. 

Oversee the effective stewardship of resources, ensuring openness and accountability in the allocation and utilisation of resources.


Welsh language skills

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications 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 recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
Can read simple material on everyday topics with understanding
Can write basic messages on everyday topics
Can understand basic conversations about everyday topics
Can hold simple work-related conversations

Person specification

Role 1 - We are recruiting two Independent Members, one of those roles is required to fulfil one or more of the following criteria:


a genuine desire to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales

an appreciation of the wider determinants of health

experience of working with communities and community groups

experience of providing and/or ensuring quality services and informed advice. This need not necessarily be in a health environment.


Role 2 - The second Independent Member role is required to fulfil the following criteria:


You will have commercial awareness and possess an entrepreneurial mindset, and will have repeatedly innovated to generate new thinking, services or products, specifically to engage, persuade or influence prospective consumers.

You will be cognisant of the principles of good governance and a strong corporate team player, you will have the ability to disrupt and challenge conventional thinking in a manner that stimulates positive discussions and decision making.


Desirable criteria


You will have ideally served in a non-executive or trustee role.


Interview dates

3 October 2019
3 October 2019

Closing date

02/08/2019, 16:00

Additional information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team


For further information regarding the role of Independent Members, please contact:


Helen Bushell, Board Secretary and Head of Board Business Unit,

Public Health Wales

Tel: 07711 819665



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How to apply

To make an application please visit the Welsh Government public appointment website here


Once you have registered, you will be able to access the application form.  To apply, you will need to submit the application form and two supporting documents. The first is a document answering the questions below, a ‘personal statement’. This document should be no more than two sides of A4. Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit. The second document is a full, up to date curriculum vitae. The two documents should be uploaded to the “Reasons for applying” section of the online application form.  There should be a 12pt minimum size of font on the supporting documents. 


Your personal statement is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria as set out in the questions below. How you choose to present this information is up to you. However, you should aim to provide detailed examples that demonstrate how your knowledge and experience matches each of the criteria and which describe what your role was in achieving a specific result.


Please also note that your evidence will also be assessed against whether you have the necessary level of experience to effectively operate at Board level.


It will also benefit the selection panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice.

Finally, provide a brief paragraph that outlines why you applied for the role and what benefits would you be able to bring to the Public Health Wales Board.

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This vacancy is closed to applications.