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Assistant Head of Workforce

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Aberystywth or Haverfordwest
£57,006 to £66,241 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for an ambitious individual ready for their next challenge. This is an exciting time to be part of the Health Board as we continueour journey to make a positive difference for our staff and communities. This may be an opportunity to further your career or work in a rolewhere continuous improvement and provision of compassionate leadership is the order of the day. This opportunity is for an experiencedpractitioner who is likely to already be working at a senior level, can demonstrate their readiness for the next step up or is looking for a move to anew sector.

The Workforce and OD function in Hywel Dda is very progressive and has embark on a new vision and direction for the whole Directoratebased on a HR Disrupted type approach. We are looking for an individual who can focus on high quality people solutions, is valued for theirefficiency, expertise and partnering capability and service.

We are therefore looking for a brave individual who is ready to challenge and completely change existing practice to ensure we design ourpractices around stakeholder requirements. A key element will be to enhance the Health Board's ability to attract and retain the right individualsand to create an organisation in which staff want to remain. To do we are taking account of their views in designing our new way of doingthings and working in a social partnership model with our trade unions.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

Applicants will need to demonstrate significant experience at senior level in employee relations management including complex casemanagement. You will need to be credible and able to quickly build rapport and gain the confidence of Executive Directors, other Senior Managersand our trade union colleagues. You will be values driven and able to demonstrate a compassionate leadership approach. A key quality will be theability to lead, motivate and manage an experienced Workforce Operational team based at our offices in Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest.

This post can be based at either Withybush Hospital in Pembrokeshire or in Bronglais Hospital in Ceredigion although will be expected to have apresence in both. It is expected that around 60% of time will need to be spent in the workplace for the role - around 40% can be undertaken remotely.

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term.

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

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

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.

Interview date TBC.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Educated to masters level or equivalent with evidence of continuous professional development
  • Thorough understanding of contemporary HR and OD practices including an understanding of the wider NHS Wales agenda
  • Significant knowledge of employment law and its application with ability to reference case law to support advice provided
  • Thorough understanding and experience of applying service improvement methodology, tools and techniques



  • Chartered Fellow CIPD or equivalent experience
  • Operating at a senior level in HR within a complex organisation with significant experience of managing and involvement in employee relations activity through to Employment Tribunal (complex HR advice including organisation change, TUPE, complex disciplinary and managing conflict resolution using a variety of techniques and methodologies)
  • Representation at various committees/groups and presenting their own work and that of others
  • Working in partnership with a range of trade unions at a senior level in a multi-disciplinary organisation which has entailed leading negotiations, project work and complex case management
  • Effective management of resources including staff and budgets
  • Significant experience of the design, negotiation and delivery of HR policies and procedures in a complex organisation
  • Oversight of governance and regulatory requirements of the teams they manage

Skills and Attributes


  • Ability to think strategically, present, negotiate and influence effectively across a broad range of professional groups
  • Demonstrate credibility through application of knowledge and ability to design, statistically analyse and formally report on very complex HR and OD matters in a timely manner to a broad audience (including competent use of various systems and IT packages to maximise impact)
  • Effective communications skills demonstrated through working in a structured way to identify options and recommendations and make robust, defendable decisions
  • Ability to travel in a timely manner to various sites within the Health Board and across Wales.



  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)
  • Coaching qualification
  • Project Management qualification
  • Experience in Workforce Planning

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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