Vacancy -- Appointment of two Independent Members - Health Education & Improvement Wales

Vacancy details

Health Education & Improvement Wales
HEIW’s main office is located at Ty Dysgu, Nantgarw, CF15 7QQ. The Board is currently undertaking its meetings virtually in accordance with public health advice. The position is under regular review. When physical meetings of the Board are re-convened, in accordance with public health advice, Board meetings will be located mainly in Ty Dysgu and also in various locations across Wales to reflect the organisation’s national functions. HEIW recognised that there may be instances where remote working is necessary, and will proactively work with Members to consider requests and put in place arrangements on a case-by-case basis.
£9,360 per annum plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits

Function of body

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) is a Special Health Authority established in October 2019 which alongside the Welsh Health Boards and Trusts became the eleventh member of the NHS Wales family.

HEIW’s principal role is to take a strategic approach to developing the Welsh health workforce for now and for the future. Its functions include:

Workforce intelligence – HEIW is the central, recognised source for information and intelligence about the Welsh health workforce;

Workforce planning – HEIW  provides strategic leadership for workforce planning, working with health boards/trusts and the Welsh Government to produce a forward strategy to transform the workforce to deliver new health and social models of service delivery;

Education commissioning, planning and delivery – HEIW utilises its funding to ensure value for money and the provision of a workforce which reflects future healthcare needs;

Quality management – HEIW  quality manages education and training provision ensuring it meets required standards, and improvements are made where required;

Supporting regulation – HEIW plays a key role representing Wales in liaison with regulators, working within the policy framework established by the Welsh Government. HEIW also undertakes, independently of the Welsh Government, specific regulatory support roles;

Leadership development – HEIW establishes the strategic direction and delivery of leadership development for staff within NHS Wales at all levels;

Careers and widening access – HEIW provides the strategic direction for health careers and the widening access agenda, delivering an ongoing agenda to promote health careers;

Workforce improvement – HEIW provides a strategic leadership role for workforce transformation and improvement, and delivers within its functions an ongoing programme to meet that role;

Professional support for workforce and organisational development (OD) in NHS Wales – HEIW supports the professional workforce and OD profession within Wales.

Role description

This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to support a strategic approach to developing the Welsh health workforce now and for the future, building a truly multidisciplinary approach to our health service. 

The Board is responsible for ensuring HEIW’s strategic directions is focussed on a Healthier Wales and to evidence the principles collectively and individually. The board is also expected to adhere to the Nolan seven principles of public life. 

Role and responsibilities

In conjunction with the Chair and Senior Executive Team, the Independent Members of the Board are responsible for: 

•    establishing and taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of HEIW consistent with its overall purpose and within the policy and resources framework determined by the Minister for Health and Social Care; 
•    ensuring that the Minister for Health and Social Care is kept informed of any changes that are likely to impact on the strategic direction of HEIW or on the attainability of its targets, and of steps needed to deal with such changes; 
•    ensuring compliance with any statutory or administrative requirements in respect of the use of public funds; that it operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with Welsh Government, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds; and that, in reaching decisions, it takes into account guidance issued by the Welsh Government; 
•    ensuring that it receives, reviews and scrutinises regularly, the effectiveness and efficiency of the financial information and quality of delivery of HEIW; that it is informed in a timely manner about any concerns as to the activities of HEIW; and that, where applicable, it provides positive assurance to the Minister for Health and Social Care that appropriate remedial action has been taken to address any such concerns; 
•    demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, including by using appropriate Committees to help the Board to receive assurance and  address key financial and other risks; 
•    ensuring a positive culture and promote the values and standards of conduct for the organisation and staff; 
•    appointing the Chief Executive officer to the organisation; and appointing the Executive Members to the Board. 

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 some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can write basic messages on everyday topics
Can understand routine work-related conversations
Can hold some work-related conversations

Person specification

Essential Criteria

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience of at least one of the following areas to meet the essential criteria for the appointment:
•    experience of working in finance in either the  public or private sector
•    experience of working in the digital or  business sector 
•    have a background in Health or Social Care and an understanding of the education and training priorities of HEIW

In addition you should have: 

•    An understanding of the issues and priorities that are important to Health Education and Improvement Wales and the ability to understand the role and work of Boards; 
•    Ability to hold others to account for their performance whilst maintaining a constructive relationship;
•    Ability to think strategically and to exercise sound judgement on a range of sensitive and complex issues;
•    Ability to analyse and interpret detailed information, for example detailed policy proposals or statistical information.  
•    Ability to demonstrate a sound understanding and commitment to the One Wales Public Service Values Good communication skills and the ability to engage and work in partnership with employees, employee representatives and stakeholders.  
•    An understanding and commitment to equality, diversity and championing inclusive practice. 

Interview dates

6 December 2021
6 December 2021

Closing date

01/11/2021, 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 HEIW and the role of Independent Member please contact Chris Jones, Chair of HEIW: 

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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.

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

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This vacancy is closed to applications.