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Group Medical Director

Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath/Port Talbot
Depending on experience Plus £30,000 pa responsibility allowance -pro rata for part time
Closing date
15 Oct 2022

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Hospital, Other
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Full Time
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We have redesigned how we manage our Health Board to ensure that we achieve our ambitions and plans. Consequently, we are looking for a bold and inspirational leader for our Group Medical Director role in Primary Care, Community and Therapies Group. The Primary Care, Community and Therapies Group comprises approximately 2300 staff with a budget of circa 200m.

We are looking for an individual who is:

An inspirational clinical leader, who will embrace our values, and who is committed to putting the patient first.

Highly motivated with an engaging style and a passion for service improvement.

Able to demonstrate a track record of leading and managing a service with a commitment to investing time and energy into taking the Health Board to its next stage.

Not be not afraid to stand out from the crowd, whilst building upon the pioneering work and standards of care at the Health Board, in this challenging leadership position.

This post requires a major time commitment (at least 5 sessions) but may be combined with some clinical or academic sessions if required.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of this role are:

Providing medical and managerial leadership and advice to the group senior management team, ensuring that systems are in place for delivery of care that is safe, compassionate and consistently of excellent quality.

Ensuring that all clinical activity in the group delivers the outcomes and standards that are expected and meets the necessary performance and activity levels: this will include establishing a structure for effective clinical governance and a culture of continuous improvement

Establish a structure of leadership within the delivery group to manage the medical workforce so that it delivers the highest quality of patient care and clinical effectiveness and engages actively in annual appraisal and revalidation.

Developing and implementing performance management strategies that are consistent with the principles of Prudent Healthcare and the Health Board's need for clinical effectiveness (driven by information), flexibility, value for money and high staff engagement.

As an Associate Medical Director for the wider Health Board, you will also be expected to take lead responsibility for corporate issues outside your immediate role as part of the Executive Medical Director's team.

About us

We are a University Health Board responsible for improving health and delivering integrated healthcare for over 390,000 people in the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea areas.

With a budget around 1billion and employing approximately 12,500 staff, Swansea Bay University Health Board provides tertiary, acute, intermediate, mental health, learning disabilities, community and primary care services to people in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and beyond. Our Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery is also responsible for patients in the Southern England.

As a University Health Board, we work in close partnership with Swansea University and other Welsh universities with a strong research and development and training agenda.

We are highly ambitious for the communities we serve and the people we employ, with exciting plans for the future. We have clear values about how we do business which underpin everything we do - caring for each other; working together and always improving.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Our part of South Wales is a great place to live and work. The SBU Health Board geographical span extends across Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Counties which includes a vibrant city, rural and urban environments and the Gower peninsula famed for its outstanding natural beauty. Based along the M4 corridor, and with an international airport close by, we enjoy excellent transport links to all parts of the UK and further afield.

For full details of the post please see attached Job Description and Person Specification.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Brian Owens, Group Director for Primary Care, Community and Therapies Group on +44 (0)1639 684526.

Person Specification
  • Actively working as a senior practitioner in a Primary Care/Community setting current licence to practice with the GMC/GDC.
  • Fellowship examination from a Medical Royal College or other relevant educational establishment.
  • Evidence of further development in education and/or training.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the application of professional contracts and independent contractor status. Extensive knowledge of the strategic issues facing NHS Wales.

BMJRef: BMJ-94558/130-PCT9812S


About us:

Swansea Bay UHB covers a population of approximately 390,000 in the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot areas, with an annual budget of around £1bn. The health board employs approximately 12,500 staff.

It has three major hospitals providing a range of services: Morriston and Singleton in Swansea, and Neath Port Talbot Hospital in Port Talbot. We also have a community hospital and primary care resource centres providing clinical services outside the main hospitals.

Primary care independent contractors play an essential role in the care of our population and the health board commissions services from GPs, opticians, pharmacists and dentists across the area.

We have 49 GP practices in our health board area, 72 dental practices including orthodontists, 31 optometry practices and 92 community pharmacies. Mental health and learning disabilities services are provided both in hospital and community settings.

The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital forms part of the UK network of burns and plastic surgery units, covering Wales, and the south west of England. Morriston is one of two specialist cardiac surgery services in Wales.

Other specialist services provided by the health board included cleft lip and palate, renal, fertility and bariatric surgery. Forensic mental health services are provided to a wider community which extends across the whole of South Wales.

The health board has an excellent reputation for research and innovation, with excellent links with Swansea University.

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Our Sites:

  • Morriston Hospital - our largest site, hosting our Emergency Department and tertiary services. One of the largest in Wales
  • Singleton Hospital hosts a range of acute services and maternity unit
  • Neath Port Talbot Hospital provides a range of inpatient, outpatient and day case services 
  • We also provide a comprehensive Mental Health Service at Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend sites, along with Gorseinon Hospital for Assessment and Rehabilitation of Older People
  • Learning Disabilities - Celebrating 100 years of Learning Disability Nursing

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