Vacancy -- Appointment of an Independent Member: Community (Welsh Essential) - Hywel Dda University Health Board

Vacancy details

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Meetings will be held in Ystwyth, St David’s Park, Carmarthen SA31 3BB, and in venues across the UHB’s geographical area of Carmarthen, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. The use of remote meetings, using digital systems, has been trialled during the COVID-19 period and has been successful.
£13,344 per annum

Function of body

Hywel Dda University Health Board (the University Health Board) is the planner and provider of all NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties, to a total population of around 384,000 across a quarter of the landmass of Wales.

It provides Acute, Primary, Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services via General and Community Hospitals, Health Centres, GPs, Dentists, Pharmacists and Optometrists and other sites.

The University Health Board has four main hospital sites at Bronglais in Aberystwyth, Glangwili in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush in Haverfordwest, with a further seven community hospitals. The population is served by 48 general medical practices, 46 dental practices, 3 Orthodontic Practices, 48 Optometric Providers, 99 community pharmacies, and 15 health centres, together with numerous locations from which mental health, learning disabilities and related services are provided. Highly specialised and tertiary services are commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee.

The Health Board has in place governance and assurance arrangements, which are continually being developed and strengthened. The Board is responsible for maintaining appropriate governance arrangements to ensure that it is operating effectively and delivering safe, high quality care, recognising the need to govern the organisation effectively and in doing so, build public and stakeholder confidence. All Board members share corporate responsibility for formulating strategy, ensuring accountability, monitoring performance and shaping culture, together with ensuring that the Board operates as effectively as possible. This is fundamental to the Board’s role in pursuing performance and ensuring that the interests of patients are central and creates a culture supporting open dialogue.

The University Health Board, to accord with the core values for the NHS in Wales, designed to support good governance and the achievement of high standards of care (as included in the NHS e-governance manual), places significant emphasis on:
• Prioritising quality and safety;
• Improvement being integrated with everyday working;
• Focusing on prevention, health improvement and inequality;
• Partnership working; and
• Investing in staff.

Role description

Role and responsibilities

Independent Members will among other things:
• 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 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 third sector organisations and will make sure that the views of patients, carers and families are fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services; and
• Analyse and critically review complex information and contribute to sound decision-making, ensuring the decisions are open and transparent.

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.
Full understanding of all work related material
Can prepare written material for all work-related matters
Can understand all work-related conversations

Person specification

Independent Members will demonstrate the following qualities:

Knowledge & Experience
• An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area and the ability to understand the role and work of the Board;
• The ability to contribute effectively at Board level;
• The ability to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship; and
• The ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues.

Personal Attributes & Skills
The Health Board has defined a set of shared core values. To help demonstrate your commitment to these values, you will need to be able to demonstrate the following:
• The ability to “Put Patients First”;
• The ability to work together as part of a team and in partnership with other key organisations;
• The ability to value and respect others; and
• The ability to communicate openly and honestly.

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria
You will have to demonstrate:
• A knowledge of and empathy with local community issues and priorities;
• A citizen focused approach championing the Board’s purpose in serving the public; and
• Organisational experience that will benefit the development of the Health Board moving forward.

Interview dates

11 January 2021
16 January 2021

Closing date

27/11/2020, 16:00

Additional information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact: 

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit


For further information regarding the role of the Independent Member, please contact Maria Battle, Chair or Joanne Wilson, Board Secretary. 

Tel: 01267 239637

Email: or

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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.