Vacancy -- Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Appointment of Vice Chair

Vacancy details

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Woodlands House, Maes y Coed Road, Cardiff
£56,316  per annum (pay review pending) plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits].  

Function of body

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) was established in October 2009 and is one of the largest NHS organisations in the UK. As a UHB, we have a responsibility for around 475,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. This includes health promotion and public health functions as well as the provision of local primary care services (GP practices, dentists, optometrists and community pharmacists) and the running of hospitals, health centres, community health teams and mental health services. Together with some services from other health Boards and key partners, these provide a full ranges of health services for our local residents and those from further afield in both Wales and England who use our specialist services. The Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales (CHfW) is based on the site of the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. It provides health care for the children of Cardiff but also provides tertiary services for children across Wales. At the University Hospital Llandough we have Hafan y Coed, the new adult mental health unit which opened in April 2016, providing a modern, therapeutic and recovery focussed environment to adults experiencing mental health issues. This new unit is first class and will help recovery and rehabilitation for service users. 

Shaping our Future Wellbeing is our 10 year Strategy (2015-2025) Caring for People; Keeping People Well is why we exist as a UHB, our vision being that a person’s chance of leading a healthy life is the same wherever they live and whoever they are. At its heart our strategy has the desire to achieve joined up care based on home first, avoiding harm waste and variation, empowering people and delivering outcomes that matter to them. 

To deliver these highly diverse and complex services, we spend over £1.2 billion every year and employ around 14,000 staff. When many people think of the NHS they think of doctors and nurses, but it is important to remember that many varied roles that make the care we provide possible. Allied healthcare professionals and health scientists comprise more than 40 different professions including dieticians, physiotherapists, radiographers, audiologists and laboratory scientists. Healthcare support workers play a key role in supporting staff to deliver direct clinical care and those providing non-clinical support include our portering staff, cleaning and catering staff, electricians and engineers and many others.

We are also a teaching Health Board with close links to Cardiff University, which boasts a high profile teaching, research and development role with the UK and abroad. This is alongside other academic links with Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales. Together, we are training the next generation of clinical professionals in order that we develop our expertise and improve our clinical outcomes.


Role description

Role Description

This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to the lives of people and communities served by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. The Vice-Chair will be a member of the Board and will deputise for the Chair in the latter’s absence.

The Vice-Chair will:

  • Be required to play a full and active role  in the governance of the Health Board, both clinical and corporate, and are expected to bring to the Board an independent judgement on issues of performance, key appointments, looking ahead and accountability; 
  • Contribute to the work of the Board based upon their independence, their past experience and knowledge, and their 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 Health Board;
  • Work closely with other public, private and voluntary organisations and will make sure that the views of patients, carers and families are fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services.

In addition to his / her corporate role across the breadth of the Health Board’s responsibilities, the Vice-Chair will have a specific brief to oversee the UHB’s primary, community and mental health and learning disability services ensuring a balanced care model to meet the needs of the UHB’s population. The Vice-Chair will:

  • Provide strong, effective and visible leadership, across primary, community, mental health and learning disability services; internally through the board and its committees, and externally through his/her connections with a wide range of stakeholders and partners within the wider community levels and nationally;
  • Chair the Mental Health Capacity Legislation Committee of the Board  which   oversees compliance with mental health legislation and associated codes of practice;
  • Be responsible for scrutinizing the governance arrangements for primary, community, mental health and learning disability services. Working within Cardiff and Vale UHB’s governance framework, to provide Board assurance as to the effective delivery of whole-system working based on integrated care pathways;
  • Work closely with the Mental Health Clinical board to agree and deliver an integrated work programme that reflects the relevant needs of the Cardiff and Vale population;
  • Work effectively with community partners, particularly in their sphere of responsibility and more widely supporting the Chair to ensure that the organisational culture and working practices are based upon a spirit of open, meaningful and sustainable partnerships. The Vice-Chair will have excellent communication skills and will, through effective scrutiny, assure the Board that the organisational structures give equal weight to primary, community and mental health services as to other services and provide opportunities for contractor services to fully engage in the design of services;
  • Support the Health Board’s performance management processes, to ensure integrated performance management and improvement;
  • Help build and sustain a direct relationship with primary care contractor professionals, ensuring their full engagement in the work of the Health Board;
  • 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 simple material on everyday topics with understanding
Can write simple work-related correspondence
Can understand basic conversations about everyday topics
Can hold simple work-related conversations

Person specification

Vice-Chairs will demonstrate the following qualities:

Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience of leading and developing a successful private, public or third sector organisation, with the ability to look ahead and provide strategic leadership;
  • Experience of understanding the relationship between resource allocation and management and delivery of service priorities within a framework of robust governance;
  • Ability to analyse complex information and contribute to sound decision making;
  • Ability to work with the executives to ensure the Board leads the organisation effectively. Where necessarily you will demonstrate skills that will enable you to hold the executives to account for performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;
  • Ability to contribute to the ‘Governance’ of the Health Board, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process;
  • Experience of working within communities and multi-disciplinary teams. 

Personal Attributes & Skills

You will need to be able to demonstrate the following:-

  • Ability to lead and inspire staff, to look ahead and identify key issues for the organisation;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with personal impact and credibility to be an effective advocate and ambassador with strong influencing and negotiating skills;
  • Drive and determination, with the ability to instil vision and develop defined strategies to pursue long and short-term goals;
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to be clear and succinct, and to be able to engage with people at all levels;
  • Ability to facilitate understanding of complex issues while demonstrating respect for the views of others;
  • Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness;
  • Capacity to be independent and resilient; and
  • Ability to discharge the Vice-Chair role in the context of the broader statutory and corporate responsibilities of the Board and the roles of the Chair and Chief Executive. 

Candidates must also demonstrate:

  • A clear understanding and commitment to equality issues and challenging discriminatory practices.
  • A clear understanding and commitment to Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’.

Interview dates

8 February 2021
12 February 2021

Closing date

08/01/2021, 16:00

Additional information

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


For further information regarding the selection process, please contact: 

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit


For further information regarding the role of the Vice Chair at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the role of the Board, please contact Charles Janczewski, Chair of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. 

Tel: 02921836011


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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.