Chief Executive Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)

Welsh Government

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 26th May 2022



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SCS Pay Band 2

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Chief Operating Officer’s Group

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Senior leadership

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The Chief Executive will have day to day management responsibility for HIW operations and annual work programme. The post holder will lead HIW on the full range of its responsibilities, and will have responsibility for matters of good practice, probity and corporate accountability; and the profiling and positioning of HIW to outside bodies, the NHS and the public in Wales.

The Chief Executive has the authority to provide independent assessments of and judgments about healthcare in Wales, which will include (but not exclusively) publishing reports, making public statements and setting HIW’s priorities and annual work programme.

This is a high profile role and the post holder will have a strong track record of achievement at a senior management level with experience of working within a national framework.

Job description

This role brings together a challenging breadth of responsibility. It combines leadership, strategy development, change management, relationship-building, performance management and standard setting. The Chief Executive will work closely with a range of different stakeholders to build commitment, set standards for the work of HIW and deliver results across healthcare organisations.

The successful candidate will have a real opportunity to make a significant difference to the healthcare people in Wales receive in their everyday lives through being a driving force for the continuous improvement of the quality and safety of healthcare services.

As one of the leaders among the ‘family’ of regulatory and inspection bodies in Wales, the Chief Executive also has a wider corporate role in promoting collaboration between those bodies with a view to increasing their efficiency and effectiveness in improving public services.


•*Demonstrate a commitment to ensuring HIW is a powerful and impartial inspectorate and a force for improvement in the safety, quality and equity of, and access to, NHS services and healthcare in Wales generally.
•*Maintain HIW’s reputation and credibility as an organisation with integrity, committed to quality and safety improvement; which is highly professional in the way it conducts its work programme and relationships; and fair in its dealings with NHS and other healthcare organisations.
•*Maintain HIW’s reputation and credibility as an independent and authoritative inspectorate with patients, service users, the public, healthcare organisations and professionals, and Welsh Ministers.
•*Ensure the quality and content of HIW’s communications are respected by patients, the public and those who work within the NHS and Independent Healthcare sector.
•*Promote and represent HIW publicly, and be publicly accountable for its performance.
•*Develop and sustain good working relationships with a wide range of other organisations both within Wales and the UK more widely including NHS bodies, Independent Healthcare providers, the Medical Royal Colleges), Professional Regulators, health professional representative bodies and other third sector organisations, Audit Wales, Community Health Councils, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the Older People’s and Children’s Commissioners.
•*Be responsible for maintaining and further developing high quality relationships, collaboration and joint working with other inspectorates (devolved and non-devolved) including the arrangements for sharing information and intelligence, with a view to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of regulation and inspection across public services.
•*Identify joint opportunities to work with other Welsh Inspectorates (in particular Care Inspectorate Wales and Estyn), to promote system improvement and improved outcomes for the Welsh public.
•*Sustain a high public profile and contact with the media that ensures confidence, credibility and authority in HIW’s work.
•*Represent HIW at the UK and European levels and develop effective collaborative arrangements with other health inspectorates, including benchmarking of HIW’s inspection approaches and methodologies.
•*Learning and development tailored to your role
•An environment with flexible working options
•*A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
•*A Civil Service pension


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

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Selection process details

Shortlisted candidates will undergo online psychometric tests that will include numerical and verbal reasoning and a discussion with a psychologist. You will receive a link to these on-line tests within 10 working days from the shortlisting meeting. The shortlisting meeting will take place on 9 June 2022

If you have completed the online psychometric tests in the last 2 years, for a civil service post at the same grade, it will not be necessary for you to take these tests again for this particular recruitment exercise.

Staff/Stakeholder Engagement Exercise:
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to take part in an engagement exercise with

Staff/Stakeholders week commencing 20 June 2022. Further details will follow.

Media Test:
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to take part in a media test week commencing 20 June 2022. Further details to follow.

The above activities will form part of the overall assessment required for this recruitment exercise in addition to the selection panel interview.

Interviews are scheduled for 8 July 2022 and will be held remotely. Interviews will last around 45 minutes. The panel will receive feedback on your psychometric tests, Staff/Stakeholder Engagement Exercise and media test before you are interviewed. Your interview will be a competency based interview that will consider how your skills and experience as outlined in your CV and personal statement meet the requirements for the post.

If candidates are asked to prepare a presentation for their interview, they will normally be given at least one week’s notice of the topic.

Please note that presentations are to be delivered without the use of hand-outs or electronic devices however, you are welcome to use prompt cards.

In the event of the panel finding candidates of equal merit the desirable criteria will be brought into play to determine the merit order.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
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