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Head of Service - Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£67,064 to £77,274 a year per annum
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Senior Manager
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Hywel Dda University Health Board is looking for a talented leader who is driven, ambitious and passionate about patient care to work as a key member of the MHLD Senior Management Team as Head of Adult Mental Health. This involves community based services as well as out of hours provision.

Main duties of the job

This individual will need to have a desire to influence decisions and direction of travel within the Directorate, working in close partnership with senior clinical and managerial staff and key partners to promote and co-deliver strategic and operational initiatives and objectives.

You will need to be able to demonstrate a track record of effective leadership in respect of significant service change. To succeed in this role you will need to be able to build confidence across the organisation and work autonomously, whilst contributing to the co-design development and co-produced implementation of key Mental Health and Learning Disabilities service strategies.

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

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 (four 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.

You will contribute to shaping the vision of the local health economy through collaborative working with partner organisations and be required to ensure the delivery of all Health Boards Service, Financial, Performance and Improvement Plans.

A discussion group for successful shortlisted candidates will take place on the 21st of February 2023 via MS Teams with face to face interviews held on the 22nd of February 2023.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • First degree or equivalent
  • NMC or equivalent professional registration
  • Masters or equivalent level of experience
  • Post graduate management qualification
  • Experience at senior management level
  • Knowledge of WG and Health Board principles and standards of governance
  • Knowledge of NHS, WG and Health Board strategies, policies and plans including HR policies
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the strategic issues facing NHS Wales
  • Knowledge of strategic healthcare agenda relating to service delivery
Experience Essential
  • Experience of planning and implementing long term strategy.
  • Experience of performance management
  • Experience of working at a senior level in a large, complex organization
  • Track record of introducing service improvement and managing organisational change
  • Experience of managing staff and working with staff Trade Unions/staff representatives
  • Experience of financial management.
  • Involvement in management of change projects
Other Essential
  • Able to travel within the service and across Wales to attend meetings.
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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