Skip to main content

This job has expired

Head of Primary Care

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£59,857 to £69,553 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

View more

Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for an exceptional Head of Primary Care to join our Primary Care Team, to lead the delivery of patient- centred, safe, effective and sustainable Primary Healthcare Services across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

The post holder is a critical part of the PCIC senior management team and is responsible for leading the planning and developing functions of General Medical Services (GMS) collaborating with other members of Primary Care and liaising with other parts of the Health Board as required. The post holder is responsible for the development of long term operational and strategic plans for general medical services in line with Health Board strategy, working closely with Finance and Planning Departments to ensure the alignment of service and financial plans.

Main duties of the job

You will provide leadership to the GMS contracting team, leading a programme that develops high quality practice, contract, and performance management. The post holder is responsible for leading on the management of all GMS contracts with GP Practices.

You will ensure that the GMS function is proactive and influential in its contribution to the Health Board's strategic and operational plan. maintaining up to date knowledge of national plans and communication with colleagues across the Health Board.

You will ensure that performance issues relating to general medical contractors are identified and managed appropriately using national and local guidance .

The role requires that you operate independently to interpret local and national policies in order to advise the Health Board on how these should be interpreted and implemented in order to achieve corporate objectives.

This post is fixed term / secondment for 12 months due to secondment cover.

If you are interested in applying for the secondment position, you must obtain permission from your current line manager prior to applying for this post.

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

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.

Person Specification

Essential & Desirable criteria


  • Demonstrable experience over a period of time in the management of General Medical Services
  • Experience in commissioning General Medical Services including the management of primary care contracts
  • Clear experience of leading highly complex change and improvement programmes with a range of staff, staff organisations and independent contractors
  • Experience of working effectively as part of a multi professional team to improve services
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries to deliver improvements
  • Good track record in effective financial planning, management and delivery of targets
  • Must possess a good appreciation of planning, developing and implementing strategies
  • Must possess experience of managing staff and working with staff/Trade Unions
  • Must possess significant experience of financial management and knowledge of how to deliver a budget to target.
  • Must possess an understanding of the role and its purpose within the organisation
  • Must possess the ability to work under pressure without passing their stresses and anxieties onto their team and colleagues.
  • Must be a team player and have the attributes to support the collaborative delivery of objectives.
  • Must be a person who takes their job seriously and who delivers on their promises.skills and be able to motivate and develop their staff in a non-adversarial manner.
  • Must possess core values which demonstrate a supportive and motivational approach to their leadership of individuals and teams under their control.
  • Ability to think strategically, innovatively, rationally and creatively
  • Excellent diplomacy, advocacy and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to negotiate and influence outcomes consistent with meeting the needs of the patient in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage projects to tight timescales using modernisation techniques e.g. pathway mapping etc.
  • Ability to think laterally and prioritise effectively.
  • Able to manage relationships across boundaries and hierarchies and display conflict management skills.
  • Effective interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Highly effective and well- developed organisational skills.
  • Effective performance management skills.
  • High level analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Good IT skills and competence in use of management information.
  • Must be responsive to needs of the service ants and families who are dependent on the services provided but the Health Board.
  • Must be a self-motivated person who constantly seeks to improve ways to do their job.
  • Must possess skills and tendencies to encourage their staff in their personal development.


  • Experience of operational management of General Medical Services
  • Public engagement and public speaking
  • Project and programme management
  • Ability to speak Welsh/ appreciation of the Welsh language



  • Must be empathetic to and supportive of the aims of the Welsh Language Act. .
  • Be able to participate in the PCIC senior management on-call rota
  • Must be able to travel across Health Board premises and across Wales to attend meetings

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • A higher degree at Masters level or equivalent experience at senior manager level.
  • Must have evidence of ongoing management and professional development
  • Relevant management experience qualification
  • Must possess an understanding of the role and its purpose within the organisation
  • Must have knowledge of the NHS, WG and Health Board strategies, policies and plans, including HR policies
  • Must have an in-depth knowledge of the strategic healthcare agenda relating to general medical service delivery

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Woodland House

Maes-y-Coed Road


CF14 4TT

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert