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Head of Organisational Development and Culture

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Head of Organisational Development and Culture to lead the organisational development and cultural transformation for the Health Board. This is an exciting new role that is critical to the delivery of our People and Culture Plan, our ambitions as outlined in our Shaping Our Future Wellbeing Strategy, and the wider Health and Social Care Workforce Strategy.

Working closely with the Assistant Director of OD, Wellbeing & Culture and the wider senior leadership team, you will be responsible for shaping, implementing, managing and developing a high quality, evidence-based OD service that can support delivery of the UHB Shaping Our Future Wellbeing Strategy through the provision of expert advice and direction, relationships and partnering as well as through well designed products and processes that support the organisation to deliver against its priorities.

You will work collaboratively while leading on all aspects of OD including cultural assessment and improvement, measuring and enhancing employee experience, values and behaviours, developing effective team working, and supporting cross-organisational regional working.

This is a senior leadership role and would suit an individual who truly role-models CAVUHB values and behaviours, and has a strong background in organisational development, cultural assessment and transformation.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will lead the organisational development agenda for the UHB, working closely with the Senior Team, members of the Senior Leadership Board, Trade Union Partners and stakeholders from across the Health Board's geographical footprint such as HEIW and other Health Boards and Trusts. They will support the UHB to work effectively and bring to life the ambitions within the UHB's P& C Plan.

They will provide expert OD advice and guidance to senior leaders, and P& C colleagues, to develop and deliver OD programmes and plans. The role will report upon progress through presentations and reports to senior Committees, and develop proposals to move the OD agenda forward.

Working closely with the wider People and Culture team, the post holder will be responsible for undertaking deep dive analysis into the experience of work, for example, cultural assessments, Staff surveys and pulse surveys and determining appropriate actions to address emerging themes. Using this information, the role will use excellent consulting skills to devise and design on cultural change and continuing organisation improvement.

Using a compassionate leadership approach, this role will ensure that the Organisational Development team is proactive and influential in its contribution to the organisation's strategic and operational plan, developing and empowering all members of the team to demonstrate professional excellence and standards.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 17,000 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

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

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.
  • Define the design principles and deliverables for organisational development interventions across Cardiff and Vale UHB workforce.
  • Provide professional expertise into the areas of organisational development and strategic change and lead continuing research and development to enhance this area of work.
  • Use excellent consulting skills to devise and design on cultural change and continuing organisation improvement.
  • Provide expert OD advice and guidance to senior leaders, and People and Culture colleagues, in support of delivery and local people and OD programmes and plans.
  • Will be responsible for undertaking deep dive analysis on a variety of functions, such as cultural assessments, Staff surveys and pulse surveys and determining appropriate actions to address the issues.
  • Work closely with the People and Culture Senior Management Team, Improvement and Implementation Team, Executive Team, Directors, Senior Managers, Directorate teams and Trade Union partners in the development of strategic planning in relation to organisational development.
  • Ensure that the Organisational Development team is proactive and influential in its contribution to the organisations strategic and operational plan.
  • Ensure the team adopt a culture of continuous improvement and look for opportunities to innovate and be involved with the Intensive Learning Academy
  • Ensure that the organisations aims and objectives are clearly communicated to the staff within the team.
  • Will act as line manager for the corporate OD function.
  • Develop and empower all members of the team to demonstrate professional excellence and standards.
  • Overall responsibility and accountability for managing the Organisational Development budget and resources, overseeing performance and reporting requirements for the team on a monthly basis.
  • Work with the Head of Education, Culture and OD and Heads of People and Culture in the design and implementation of the OD Strategy. Using highly developed specialist knowledge and understanding of Organisational Development, staff engagement and leadership theory and practice to coordinate the development and implementation of Organisational Development approaches as required.
  • Contribute to the design, commissioning and implementation of all aspects of OD advice, products and processes to meet the requirements of the service.
  • Form effective collaborative relationships with other Health Boards and organisations inside and outside the NHS to influence national strategy across OD, Retention and Employee Experience.
  • Interpret and anticipate National and local health policy to ensure the strategic plan supports effective recruitment, retention, leadership and management of staff.
  • Design, develop and implement the Strategies for cultural change and improvement, retention, Team Working, development of regional working and any other emerging OD requirements for the organisation.
  • Develop and implement organisational development and design policy and strategy in collaboration with managers.
  • Lead on all aspects of culture change, staff engagement, performance management, retention, values and behaviours, staff survey, team development.
  • Contribute to the development, delivery and performance of the People and Culture Department objectives and People and Culture Plan.
  • Develop an employee engagement programme that creates a positive culture of feedback, motivation advocacy and involvement creating an empowered workforce and continuous improvement. Develop and implement proposals as to how the OD agenda impacts on employee engagement including the review of processes including corporate induction.
  • Work closely with teams to create a culture of equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement across all levels of the workforce and all protected characteristics and Welsh language.
  • Communication with internal staff and external agencies, providing and receiving highly complex, sensitive or contentious information.
  • Actively contribute to service modernisation strategies and the service improvement/cost reduction agenda.
  • Develop active partnerships and constructive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, influencing the agenda and championing change.
  • Authorised budget holder for resources across OD.
  • Manage the operation of one or more information systems.
  • Will frequently be required to write and present progress reports and provide continual updates to the Assistant Director of OD, Wellbeing and Culture

Person Specification



  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent experience in Organisational Development
  • Education/teaching/facilitation qualification or equivalent experience


  • Psychometric training E.g. MBTI / 16PF
  • Coaching Mentoring Qualification



  • Excellent knowledge of OD approaches and tools and how they can be applied, including cultural assessments.
  • A good understanding of retention, and factors influencing retention within Healthcare.



  • Ability to use appropriate OD techniques to achieve desired organisational change and behavioural change.
  • Ability to communicate confidently with individuals at all levels both within and outside the organisation, using the appropriate use of tact and persuasive skills as appropriate.
  • Excellent leadership skills to develop confidence in others.


  • Ability to speak Welsh Level 1



  • Demonstrates a high level of knowledge of NHS Policy & Strategy and the implications for OD and cultural development.

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Woodland House

Maes Y Coed Road


CF14 4HH

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