Vacancy -- Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board : Appointment of an Independent Member (Local Authority)

Vacancy details

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Board meetings held bi- monthly normally at various locations across the UHB.
£13,344 per annum

Function of body

On 1 April 2019 Cwm Taf University Health Board changed its name to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (UHB) as it took responsibility for providing healthcare services for the people in the Bridgend County Borough area.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB now provides primary, community, hospital and mental health services to the 450,000 people living in three County Boroughs –  Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The resident population of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf is estimated to be 450,000 (StatsWales 2016).

Our 65 to 84 and 85+ age groups are projected to have the largest increase by 2036, when an estimated one in four people in Wales will be aged 65 and over.

These projections will have significant implications for the way in which we design and provide health (and increasingly integrated health & social care) services. With an increasing population and especially an increasing older population it is even more important that we support our the people living in our communities to live long and healthy lives, free from the limiting effects of multiple chronic conditions.

Ideally situated between Wales’ capital city, Cardiff to the South, the coastal town, Porthcawl to the West and the stunning scenery in the Brecon Beacons National Park to the North, we operate within a vibrant community, rich with history and heritage.

With almost 13,500 staff our workforce is the life-blood not only of the University Health Board, but also many of the communities that we serve. We take our role as one of the largest employers in the area very seriously which is evident in our wide-ranging partnership working, dedication to our corporate social responsibilities and the importance we place on building relationships with our staff and community.

We believe in innovation to make improvements to clinical care. We are especially proud of our Academic Centre in Merthyr Tydfil which is helping to train future doctors in community medicine.

Role description

Independent Members will among other things:-

Play a full and active role in the governance of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, both clinical and corporate.  You will take an active part in discussions, providing your opinion and challenge and support to the Board on key issues. 

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 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;

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

Ability to contribute to the ‘governance and finance’ of the Health Board, ensuring it is open and honest in its work by contributing fully in the decision making process.

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.
No skills
No skills
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh

Person specification

You must be an elected member of a local authority whose area is within the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board area. You will have to demonstrate:-

A knowledge and understanding of local authority matters in the area served by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

Ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of local authority matters in a strategic board environment.

Interview dates

7 October 2019
11 October 2019

Closing date

13/09/2019, 16:00

Additional information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team Email:


For further information regarding the role of the Independent Member, please contact Professor Marcus Longley, Chair of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. Tel: 01443 744803, Email:  

 For further information about Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, you may wish to visit the Health Board’s internet web site:

 If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Public Appointments Team on


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How to apply

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

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 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 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.