Executive Director of Therapies & Health Sciences

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£124,680 a year per annum
Closing date
19 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Contract Type
Full Time
Hywel Dda University Health Board is recruiting an exceptional, creative and dynamic leader with a proven track record of delivery and innovation to lead our therapist and health scientists at a time of considerable change and challenge to the healthcare sector in Wales and the UK.

The Director of Therapies and Health Science is an executive member of the University Health Board. Jointly with other Board members they will have corporate responsibility for ensuring the UHB makes a significant contribution to health improvement, the reduction of health inequalities and continuous improvements in quality of health care provision, though establishing strategic direction, corporate policy making, the development and delivery of objectives and management and governance of the organisation.

You will be able to find a full Recruitment Pack including the job description and person specification within the supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

Our ambitious strategy seeks to develop and implement a process for transforming the way we deliver healthcare services, through a commitment to moving from a system focused on treatment and diagnosis, to one where preventing ill health is a core activity and that embraces consideration of people's wellbeing. We call this our Social Model for Health and Wellbeing and this sits at the heart of our 10-year strategy.

As the Director of Therapies & Health Sciences, we will look to you to lead our strategic vision with the therapies and health science teams enabling us to further develop these opportunities and driving our ambitions for a healthier, happier population whose wellbeing is at the centre of our thinking.

Click the link below to view the geographical area of Hywel Dda and listen to testimonials from some of our staff


About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (five of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Stakeholder events will be held on 11/07/2023.

Interviews will be held on 12/07/2023.

Person Specification



  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Educated to Masters Degree level.
  • Evidence of Management and Leadership Development.
  • Evidence of Continual Professional Development.

Experience and Knowledge


  • Operating effectively at a strategic level within a healthcare organisation
  • Working at a Director or senior management level e.g. Clinical Director /Professional Head of Service
  • Participation in Clinical and Organisational Audit
  • Strategic planning and evidence of active participation in service improvement programmes
  • Appraisal of research evidence to assess implications for service delivery.
  • Building personal and professional credibility with Board, management and clinical teams and staff
  • Extensive knowledge of the professional therapy and health science agendas across primary, community and secondary care
  • Extensive knowledge of new technologies with potential to transform service delivery models.
  • Extensive knowledge of clinical and corporate governance and their application across the health service
  • Extensive knowledge of the complex system in which the NHS operates and the impact of statutory and non-statutory public and private sector activities upon health and health care
  • Extensive knowledge of the relationships between workforce planning, workforce development and education.
  • Extensive knowledge of in depth understanding of the challenges facing the health service in Wales in the 21st Century
  • Extensive knowledge of understanding of health and social care systems and inter agency working within Wales and across other UK countries and abroad

Abilities and Personal Qualities


  • Is able to act as an Ambassador for the UHB
  • Role models appropriate behaviours about receiving and presenting positive and negative patient experience reports
  • Leads by example, promoting the highest standards of personal and professional conduct, integrity and probity.
  • Committed to the continuous development of staff and self
  • Commitment to developing culture of openness and partnership
  • High self awareness, understanding own emotions, strengths and limitations

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Ystwyth Building, Hafan Derwen,

St Davids Park, Jobswell Road


SA31 3BB

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