Vacancy -- Chair

Vacancy details

Swansea Bay Local University Health Board
Port Talbot
£69,840 per annum

Function of body

Swansea Bay Local University Health Board is one of the largest integrated health organisations in the UK advancing clinical excellence and driving forward clinical research.  It covers a population of around 500,000 people and has an annual budget of over £1 billion and employs around 16,500 staff, 70% of whom are involved in direct patient care.  It provides integrated care for patients and delivers tertiary, acute, intermediate, mental health, community and primary care services to people in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.   


Role description

The Chair will be accountable to the Minister for Health and Social Services for the performance of the Board and its effective governance, upholding the values of the NHS, and promoting the confidence of the public and partners throughout Wales. 


The Chair of Swansea Bay Local University Health Board will:-


  • Develop a Strategic Vision for the Board’s services of the future, identifying and realising the inherent potential and skills within the organisation to develop an innovative and world leading service;


  • Provide strong, effective and visible leadership across the breadth of the Board’s responsibilities, internally through the Board and externally through his/her connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners at community, local authority, Health Board and national levels;


  • Ensure the Board delivers effectively together the strategic and operational aims of the Health Board through delivery of strategic aims, policy and governance;


  • Be responsible for maintaining the highest quality of public health standards and practices, and improving quality and safety of healthcare;


  • Be accountable for the performance of the Board at community, local authority, Board and national levels through the agreement of a three year integrated medium term plan (IMTP) and an annual delivery plan and the annual evaluation of achievements against the plan in public by the Minister  for Health and Social Services;


  • Hold the Chief Executive to account across the breadth of his/her responsibilities;


  • Work effectively with partners, in particular with other Health Boards, Local Authorities, the Third Sector and Social Partners, and also with primary care contractors, to ensure the planning and delivery of safe, effective services;


  • Provide the assurance and governance for the proper stewardship of public money and other resources for which the Board is accountable;


  • Provide the assurance  for ensuring that the Board is governed effectively within the framework and standards set for the NHS in Wales;


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

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

Person specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Ability to develop the strategic vision for the future;

  • Ability to provide systems leadership and to work with Health Boards, Welsh Government, community groups, patients and other stakeholders to develop and drive forward that strategic vision;

  • Ability to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;

  • A broad understanding of governance issues and how governance applies to the corporate, clinical and information management.


  • An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Swansea Bay Local University Health Board area  and the ability to understand the role and work of the Board;
  • Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues;


Personal Attributes and Skills


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

  • Drive and determination, with the ability to instil vision and develop defined strategies to pursue long and short-term goals;

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

  • Ability to ensure a board works together effectively through their active involvement in a robust and transparent decision making process;

  • Ability to motivate and develop the board to define roles and responsibilities to ensure ownership and accountability;



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

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

  • Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness;

  • Capacity to be independent and resilient. 


The Chair must also demonstrate:

  • A clear understanding and commitment to equality. 

Interview dates

27 May 2019
31 May 2019

Closing date

10/05/2019, 16:00

Additional information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:


Corporate Shared Service Centre

Tel: 03000 255454



For further information or to arrange an informal discussion about the role of the Chair please contact:


Dr Andrew Goodall, NHS Wales Chief Executive.

Tel: 03000 251182 (Dr Goodall)



For further information about Swansea Bay Local University Health Board, you may wish to visit the Health Board’s 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 03000 255454 or


For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit


How to apply

To apply for this role, click on the Swansea Bay Local University Health Board vacancy and click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom left hand corner. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.


Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit the application form and two supporting documents.


The first document is a personal statement answering the questions below. This document should be no more than two sides of A4. Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit. The second supporting document is a full, up to date CV.


The two documents should be uploaded to the “Reasons for applying” section of the online application form. 

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This vacancy is closed to applications.