Main duties of the job

The Head of Equality and Human Rights drives the Health Boards ambition to improve health and deliver excellent care by placing equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do. As the Health Boards primary strategic equality and human rights advisor, this is a senior role with significant freedom to act with Health Board wide responsibility that contributes significantly to the delivery of the organisations strategic goals.

The post holder ensures effective and inclusive engagement of staff, service users, patient representatives, carers, and community leaders together with partner organisations. The post holder liaises with the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, regulators and other national (Wales and UK) representative and policy making bodies. The post holder is responsible for developing a highly specialist strategy for equality and human rights, driving implementation and ensuring that performance targets are met by influencing the development of strategy, service plans and associated business plans.

The post holder leads and manages the Corporate Equality Team.

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

Working for our organisation

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and Proud to Lead competence framework. 

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the Disability Confident Employer scheme. 

Please check your email account regularly.Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form. 

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

It is anticipated that Interviews will be held w/c 17th October 2022

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Educated to Masters level, or equivalent levels of experience, and ideally have a qualification in governance or management
  • Academic ability to undertake further postgraduate studies
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development
  • Extensive expert and specialist Knowledge of equality legislation and of the obligations placed on public bodies and those placed on public bodies NHS Wales
  • Extensive expert specialist Knowledge of the equality and human rights agenda as it applies to employment and service delivery including current research, developments and best practice
  • Extensive expert and specialist Knowledge of equality & diversity issues, and underpinning legislation, and demonstrated track record of applying this within a complex health and social care environment across a range of organisational functions
  • Desirable criteria

  • Masters in Health or allied discipline or equivalent professional qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Relevant degree in equality and diversity or equivalent knowledge
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Significant experience as a senior manager within a large and complex organisation.
  • Significant experience in a senior role specialising in Equality and Human Rights
  • Proven track record of developing a strategic approach to embedding equality within a complex organisation
  • Experience of working effectively with multiple stakeholders, including stakeholders operating at the most senior levels of the organisation. i.e. Boards and senior management teams
  • Extensive experience of developing innovative approaches to challenges and securing organisational buy-in
  • Experiences of working across organisational boundaries/functions and of influencing others
  • Proven experience of achievement in: Delivering challenging objectives to a deadline Partnership working Planning and managing a budget Stakeholder engagement
  • Substantial direct experience of working with diverse senior professional and managerial groups across a range of organisations and professional disciplines
  • 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 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 Work in the UK . 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.

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    Applicant requirements

    Welsh language skills are desirable

    Welsh language skills are desirable

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