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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2019.

Head of Legal Services/Solicitor

Job Reference: 100-AC243-0919

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Legal Services
To be agreed, Within the Health Board area - base to be agreed
£52,306 - £60,983 per annum

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Hywel Dda University Health Board reserve the right to close vacancies after 24 hours if a large number of suitable applications are received. We encourage early applications to ensure consideration for a post.

We are looking to recruit a solicitor, qualified in the area of clinical negligence to run the Health Board's Legal Services Department as the Head of Legal Services.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the leadership of legal services, oversight and management of claims/ redress activity across the Health Board and for proposing evidence based procedure or service changes which potentially impact across a range of service areas.

The post holder will be the point of contact for legal advice relating to patient care across the Health Board and will be expected to provide advice where appropriate or source advice for Health Board staff. There will also be opportunity to represent the Health Board at appropriate inquests, meetings and court proceedings.

The post will liaise with services across the Health Board to ensure that the learning results in service improvement, enhanced patient care and experiences.

The successful candidate will have experience at a senior management level in a clinical negligence, personal injury litigation system; experience of strategy/policy development; and strong leadership and change management skills.

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

. There will be a requirement to travel to meetings and events across Wales and the UK.

Office base will be within the Hywel Dda area, specific base will be decided on discussion with the successful candidate.

Interviews will be held on Thursday the 10th October 2019.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Louise O'Connor

Assistant Director (Legal Services/Patient Experience)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Springfield Offices

Withybush General Hospital

Fishguard Road


SA61 2PZ

Hywel Dda University Health Board operates a bilingual policy / Mae Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda yn gweithredu polisi dwyieithog.

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‘Gwahoddir ymgeiswyr i wneud cais yn Gymraeg, ni fydd unrhyw gais a gyflwynir drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na cheisiadau a wneir yn y Saesneg’.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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