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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/10/2021.

Improvement Manager

Job Reference: 028-AC306-0921

Public Health Wales NHS Trust
Improvement Cymru
CQ2, Cardiff
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum pro rata

Welcome to Public Health Wales the National Public Health Institute in Wales. Our purpose is Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales.

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We welcome applications from people who share our values of Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference.

Improvement Cymru is the national quality improvement service for NHS Wales delivered by Public Health Wales. Our aim is for every person to have access to safe care in the right place and at the right time across the whole care system. Building on the learning from the Safer Patients Initiative and the 1000 Lives Campaign, Improvement Cymru’s support will enable recovery and reduce the harm caused by system-wide patient safety issues.

We are seeking to appoint two Band 7 Improvement Manager posts.

As an Improvement Manager, you will offer quality improvement skills and support to teams. The key skills required for the post include excellent communication, a good knowledge of quality improvement, the ability to organise and lead workshops and meetings, and knowledge of how to interpret and present data. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to matrix work with clinical and non-clinical colleagues on a diverse range of Improvement Cymru projects across primary, secondary and community care.

Working both autonomously and as part of the Improvement Cymru team, you will be required to act independently, exercising significant discretion in respect of your designated projects. It will be essential for you to build strong and effective working relationships with colleagues in the service, improvement teams, and Welsh Government.

All Improvement Cymru colleagues are currently working from home where possible in adherence to Covid risk management procedures. Successful candidates will be subject to those same home working arrangements in the short term, but can choose to formally base themselves in central Cardiff or Wrexham. The remit of Improvement Cymru is nationwide and it should be noted that these posts can be deployed to work on projects in any geographical area of Wales, which means a significant amount of travel and overnight stay will be required as the work requires. The ability to travel is therefore essential.

Both posts require full time working hours, and could be offered on a permanent or secondment basis (duration TBC) depending upon the circumstances/preference of the successful applicants. Job share by two colleague working part time hours would also be an option for this role – but the ability for a post to be offered on that basis depends on the preference of appointable applicants to fulfil the full time hours requirement overall.

These posts offer an opportunity to be part of Improvement Cymru at a busy and exciting time, as we expand to step-up our support to help NHS Wales. You’ll be joining an ambitious team, comprising some of the most qualified, experienced Improvement professionals in health and social care in Wales. Together, we lead, embed and champion Improvement across Wales – drawing on international best practice and evidence.

As part of our new direction, we want to strengthen our team by recruiting new team members from diverse backgrounds with a mix of skills, personalities and experiences – considering candidates from both an NHS background as well as other sectors. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the recruiting manager named below to discuss the role further if they have any queries.

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

For further details / informal visits contact:

Public Health Wales, reserves the right to close this vacancy early. We therefore encourage early applications.

Priority is given to staff awaiting redeployment. We therefore reserve the right to withdraw this advert at any stage.

If you have a disability and have any particular requirements to enable you to participate in the application process, please contact

We are committed to fair, transparent recruitment and believe in equality of opportunity in our workplace and will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, religion or belief, race or nationality, marriage or civil partnership status, sex, sexual orientation, working pattern, caring responsibilities, trade union activity or political beliefs – or on any other grounds. We welcome applications from individuals who may wish to work part time or apply on a job share basis.

To work in the UK, all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship to obtain either a Health and Care Worker visa or Skilled Worker visa, unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply should self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship by visiting the UK Visas and Immigrations website (please see the Further Links section). If you are eligible for the Health and Care visa, application costs are lower and you do not need to pay the annual Immigration Health Surcharge.

In general, anyone joining our Trust who has not previously worked in the NHS will, by default, start on the first point of the advertised pay band. Pay progression will then be determined by annual Performance and Development Reviews in accordance with the NHS Wales Pay Progression Policy. An application for Incremental Credit may be considered, but can only be awarded based on evidenced reckonable service and/or equivalent, relevant experience.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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