Vacancy -- Vice Chair - Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (Welsh Desirable)

Vacancy details

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
CTMUHB has a headquarters in Abercynon, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, however provides services across the Rhondda Taf Ely, Merthyr Cynon and Bridgend Locality. The successful candidate will therefore be required to travel.
The remuneration for the role of Vice Chair of the Health Board is a fixed sum of £TBC per annum (pay award pending).

Function of body

The role and responsibilities of CTMUHB



Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB), provides and commissions a full range of hospital and community, population health services for the residents of Rhondda Taf Ely, Merthyr Cynon and Bridgend.  This includes the provision of local primary care services; GP Practices, Dental Practices, Optometry Practices and Community Pharmacy and the running of hospitals, health centres and community health teams.  The Health Board is also responsible for making arrangements for residents to access more specialised health services where these are not provided within the Health Board boundary


The CTMUHB population amounts to around 450,000 (Stats. Wales) comprising Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Councils. With around 12,000 staff, it is one of the largest employers in the area (10,500 whole time equivalents). A significant number of our workforce live and work within these communities. Detailed information about the services we provide and our facilities can be found on our website in the section under 'Services'. The Health Board reports regularly on its performance including the Delivery Framework targets set by Welsh Government which can be found there too.


During 2020, the Health Board introduced a new Operating Model which sets out how the Health Board is organised to best support keeping people healthy and caring for our population. The new ‘Operating Model’ supports a focus on communities’ and patients’ experiences of the health board’s services. It makes it easier for people in the health board to work with patients themselves, other public sector and voluntary organisations and helps it to focus on keeping people well, mentally and physically, rather than just treating people when they are unwell.


The Services we host:

CTMUHB is responsible for hosting the following organisations on behalf of the Welsh Government and NHS Wales:

Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC)

Emergency Ambulance Services Committee (EASC).

National Imaging Academy


The Partners we work with:

CTMUHB works with a wide range of partners in a range of capacities including other health bodies, local authorities, ambulance service, police, fire & rescue services and the voluntary/charity sector.


Boards Role

All CTMUHB’s 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. The Board, which comprises of the Chair, Vice Chair, 9 Independent Members, 3 Associate Members, the Chief Executive and 8 Executive Directors provide leadership and direction, ensuring that sound governance arrangements are in place.

Role description

Role and responsibilities

  • In addition to acting as an Independent Board member with shared responsibility for the entirety of the Board’s responsibilities, the Vice Chair is also charged by Regulations with having a particular lead responsibility for mental health, primary and community services within Cwm Taf Morgannwg. In this capacity, they will be expected to understand the challenges and opportunities in those particular service areas, and to ensure that the Board is fully sighted on these issues, in all its deliberations, so that it can fully discharge its responsibilities in all areas.

  • Play a full and active role in the governance of CTMUHB, 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.

  • Act as a Corporate Trustee of CTMUHB Charity

  • 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 ‘quality, 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.
Can read simple material on everyday topics with understanding
Can write simple work-related correspondence
Can understand most work-related conversations
Can hold most work-related conversations

Person specification

It is Essential that Independent Member will demonstrate the following qualities:-


Knowledge and Experience


  • An understanding of health issues and priorities in the Heath Board’s area, including mental health, primary and community services and the ability to understand the role and work of the Board;

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

  • Ability to provide a knowledgeable, impartial and balanced perspective on a range of sensitive and complex issues;

  • A broad understanding of the information governance requirements required to comply with legislation e.g. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR);

  • an awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion and a commitment to promoting equality and diversity issues, particularly as they relate to the health sector


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.


Interview dates

8 February 2021
12 February 2021

Closing date

08/02/2021, 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 Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Independent Member, please contact Professor Marcus Longley, Chair.


Tel: 01443 744922



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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.

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