Vacancy -- Chair - Digital Health Care Wales

Vacancy details

Digital Health and Care Wales
The post holders may be required to travel to the head office in Cardiff and other locations across Wales to attend meetings and perform other duties associated with the roles. In response to COVID-19, meetings have also been held via digital platforms. Where this has proved effective this is likely to continue.

£43,326 per annum plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits. This is based on a minimum time commitment of 14.5 days a month 


Function of body

Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW), is a Special Health Authority established to make a difference to the people of Wales through the use of digital technologies in health and care. DHCW has an ambitious programme of integration, innovation and transformation, working alongside other NHS Wales organisations, strongly supported by Welsh Government.

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.  

The Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales will:- 

  • Lead development of a strategic vision for DHCW, ensuring the promotion of a culture of continuous improvement and digital transformation across the organisation and more widely across health and social care; 
  • Provide effective and visible leadership, both externally and internally to DHCW across the breadth of its responsibilities, including the advancement of equality, diversity, inclusion and the Welsh Language and culture; 
  • Ensure the Board works effectively to support challenge, scrutiny and assure operational delivery, maintaining focus on strategic aims, reinforced by strong governance; 
  • Be publicly accountable for the performance of DHCW in particular through securing approval by the Minister of a three year Integrated Medium Term Plan (IMTP), annual delivery plans and evaluation of performance against them; 
  • Hold the Chief Executive to account across the breadth of their responsibilities; 
  • Work effectively with partners, in particular with Welsh Government, NHS Wales organisations, local authorities, third and private sectors and academia and universities; 
  • Provide assurance for the proper stewardship of public money and other resources for which DHCW is accountable; 
  • Provide assurance for ensuring that the Board is governed effectively within the framework and standards set for the NHS in Wales;


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 some work-related conversations

Person specification

Essential Criteria

 Knowledge and Experience

Experience of leading at a senior level in a health and care environment (although not essential, experience of leading in a digital environment is desirable);

  • Ability to instil vision, lead the development of defined digital strategies in the pursuit of achieving long and short-term goals;
  • Ability to understand complex issues while demonstrating respect for the views of others;
  • An excellent understanding of governance with an 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;
  • A clear commitment to understanding and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion; and
  • Ability to show an appreciation of bilingualism and culture, and a commitment to promoting and mainstreaming of the Welsh language.

 Personal Attributes

  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, and ability to act as an effective advocate and ambassador;
  • Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness; and
  • Capacity to be independent and resilient.


Desirable Criteria

  • The ability to speak Welsh

Interview dates

19 August 2021
20 August 2021

Closing date

30/06/2021, 16:00

Additional information


A person shall be disqualified from appointment if the they:

1. have within the preceding 5 years been convicted in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and has had passed on them a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than 3 months without the option of a fine;

2. are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order or has made a composition or arrangement with creditors

3. have been dismissed, otherwise than by reason of redundancy, or non-renewal of a fixed term contract, from any paid employment with a health service body (Note: after a period of two (2) years a person disqualified under this provision may apply in writing to Welsh Ministers to have the disqualification removed, Welsh Ministers do not have to accept this request);

4. are a current board member of another health service body in Wales, where:

  • the tenure will not have ended prior to commencement in this position if appointed, or
  • the intention is not to resign from that position if appointed.

5. are a person whose tenure of office as the chair, member or director of a health service body has been terminated, other than by reason of redundancy, voluntary resignation, reorganisation of the health service body, or expiry of the period of office for which that person was appointed;

6. are or have been within the preceding 12 months employed by an NHS Wales organisation.

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact: 

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit



For further information regarding the role of the Chair, please contact Bob Hudson, Interim Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales who is not a candidate for this appointment or Ifan Evans, Director – Technology, Digital and Transformation, Health and Social of Digital, Health and Social Services Group, Welsh Government.

Tel:               07453 978482


Tel:               251496



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How to apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. 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 two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second 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.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity 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.

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This vacancy is closed to applications.