Head of Education, Culture and OD

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£57,006 to £66,241 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an exceptional leader to join our team as Head of Education, Culture and OD (ECOD) to lead the clinical and non-clinical education agenda and play a huge role in making Cardiff and Vale UHB the best place it can be to work, train and live.

A pivotal and transformational role, you will lead the development of academies, offering excellence in education, culture and organisational development across Cardiff and Vale UHB, transforming education and developing career pathways. You will also lead the commissioning of Nursing Education and development, and drive the organisation in the development, delivery and embedding of the priorities within the People and Culture Plan.

The post holder will be a key link between the Clinical and Service Boards, external partners and stakeholders, including Universities and education providers, and other multi-professionals within the UHB and our external partners.

Working across directorates, specialties, and organisational boundaries you will lead the team to develop excellent and effective education and OD interventions that can be flexed to meet the needs of differing environments and staff groups at CAVUHB.

Key to the role is ensuring that all learning,development and cultural activity is underpinned by the UHB values, and that staff across the UHB are equipped to deliver in line with our values.

Main duties of the job

Being a compassionate and motivated leader, this role will act autonomously to:
  • Ensure that the Education, Culture and OD function is proactive and influential in its contribution to the organisation's strategic and operational plan.
  • Develop and implement proposals as to how the OD agenda impacts on recruitment, retention, employee wellbeing and quality of care.
  • Be accountable for the development of education, training and knowledge management that supports the implementation of nursing strategy across all service areas of the UHB.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders in the development of strategic planning in relation to development, talent management and succession planning.
  • Ensure that clinical education is delivered through a robust and effective performance management framework.
  • Develop and implement the Strategies for Leadership and Management Development, Coaching, Team Based Working, Cultural Assessment and Values Based Appraisal.
  • Form effective collaborative relationships with stakeholders to influence national strategy.
  • Develop close working relationships with trade unions and professional bodies to foster partnership working and co-production.
  • Lead the development of a wide-ranging portfolio of content and delivery methods for education and learning, including digital delivery.
  • Through compassionate and inclusive leadership, develop, motivate and empower all members of the team to develop, innovate and perform to high standards.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Person Specification



  • Masters Level or Equivalent level of experience.
  • Professional Registration e.g. NMC, HPRC
  • Recognised teaching qualification or relevant experience in design or delivery


  • British Psychological Society Level A and B qualified
  • Coaching Mentoring Qualification



  • Leadership / Management Development Experience
  • Proven track record in programme design, workforce development, team development
  • Effective management at a senior level
  • Experience of financial planning and budget management



  • Ability to influence at all levels
  • Ability to develop links with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to use appropriate OD techniques to achieve organisational and behavioural change
  • Ability to demonstrate strong leadership qualities
  • To demonstrate innovation, creativity and influence


  • Facilitation and assessment skills for development / assessment centres
  • Welsh Language skills / willingness to learn

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

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Cochrane Building, University Hospital of Wales Cardiff


CF14 4XW

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