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National Director for Mental Health

Band 9

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National Director for Mental Health
Band 9
  • Full time
  • Home or remote working
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
River House
Cardiff / Hybrid Working
£95,135 - £109,475 per annum
Salary period
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Our vision is Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales

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Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English. To support our all Wales service, we particularly welcome applications from Welsh speakers.



Job overview

The Director will be the national lead for the mental health programme of NHS Wales and will provide professional leadership to Welsh Government Ministers with the National chief executive mental health lead on matters relating to the delivery of the national programme. The post holds accountability and responsibility for one of the key national programmes for NHS Wales.

As part of the NHS Executive the national director is the critical interface between the development of Welsh Government policy and service delivery, providing direction and support to NHS Wales organisations and public and third sector organisations.

Whilst being based within NHS Wales, the Director will work and engage more broadly across the Welsh public sector and beyond. The Director will build effective relationships with senior NHS Wales leads, Welsh Government policy divisions and other cross sector national bodies and agencies, including in local government and the police. The Director has a national responsibility to promote mental health and use of resources in responding to the service challenges facing NHS Wales and the wider public sector.

The Director will agree a national work programme with the NHS Executive for Wales and report on progress regularly to the Mental Health Delivery and Oversight Board. 


Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • developing, agreeing and implementing national programmes of work with the NHS Wales Mental Health Network and subgroups
  • aligning the national mental health resources to create and deliver a national programme, with priorities aligned to the latest mental health strategy (T4MH)
  • working with NHS Wales, the Welsh Government and across sectors to deliver improvements in mental health in Wales
  • Advising the NHS Executive for Wales, Welsh Government policy leads and Ministers

These key deliverables will be underpinned by facilitating openness and transparency about issues affecting service delivery, programme milestones, working with colleagues in policy and delivery for performance management to be aligned with the national approach. Core to this will be sharing and promoting the adoption of best practice and encouraging and facilitating improved partnership working and service integration. 

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

Working for our organisation

Public Health Wales is the National Public Health Institute in Wales. Our vision is 'Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales' where we play a pivotal role in driving improvements in population health and well-being, reducing health inequalities, improving healthcare outcomes, protecting the public and supporting the development of health in all policies across Wales.

Our organisation is guided by our Values, 'Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference'. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values equality, diversity and inclusion.  We welcome applications which represent the rich diversity of the communities we serve and from those wishing to work part time or on a job share basis.

To find out more about working for us, the benefits we offer and guidance on the application process, please visit

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

A full Job description and Person Specification are included in the supporting documents.

Additional information

The job will initially be based organisationally within the NHS Wales Health Collaborative, which runs a range of national clinical networks and programmes (including the Wales Mental Health Network) on behalf of NHS Wales. During 2022/23, the functions of the Collaborative are planned to become a part of the supporting functions of the new NHS Executive for Wales, with an accountability to the Executive. The Collaborative is hosted by Public Health Wales and that arrangement is planned to continue under the Executive.  

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to master's level or equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD
Desirable criteria
  • Postgraduate managerial qualification or other professional qualification


Essential criteria
  • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation, influencing, investigative and communication skills
  • Highly tuned analytical skills, including ability to identify key issues from a range of complex data and information
  • Evidence of creative and inspirational approach to problem solving
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced IT skills
  • Political astuteness


Essential criteria
  • Professional knowledge over a range of e.g., Provider Contracts, IMTP, Operational Resilience, Planning, Research, HR, Finance, Clinical Delivery and Governance underpinned by specialist courses or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of working at Director or Deputy/Assistant Director level in an NHS organisation

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantHappy to Talk Flexible WorkingMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Stop Smoking Wales is the NHS Smoking Cessation Service in WalesImproving working livesAge positiveCorporate Health StandardsDisability confident leaderCore principlesEmployer pledge demonstrating a commitment to change how we think and act about mental healthStep into healthPrentisiaethau Apprenticeships2022 Stonewall Top 100 Employer

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Mark Dickinson
Job title
Director, Collaborative
Email address

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