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Influence positive change in health and social care delivery

Published: 07/08/23 | Categories: Uncategorised, Author: Sally Rees

Sally Rees talks about her role at WCVA – which is now open for applications – and why it’s a great opportunity for someone new to take the reins.

WCVA is recruiting to the post of ‘Head of Health & Social Care’ to cover my secondment to Welsh Government. This post offers, as a fixed term contract or a secondment, a career development opportunity, whether you are currently working within health and social care in the voluntary or public sector.


The job provides a unique and exciting strategically placed opportunity to act as the key point of contact and intersection between the voluntary sector, Welsh Government and public sector bodies. This role will bring you into contact with a range of people (including me in my new position!), organisations and health and social care related networks.

Would you like to be instrumental in strengthening established links, develop new ones and collaborate with voluntary sector health and social care organisations – and with key bodies such as Social Care Wales, Welsh Local Government Association, Improvement Cymru and the Bevan Commission – to influence positive change in health and social care delivery?


You will also be representing WCVA and the voluntary sector on a diverse range of national groups and boards; exchanging ideas, knowledge, expertise and the sector’s views on health and social care transformation.

Furthermore, you will be working with organisations who provide care and support service to the priority population groups and people with protected characteristics; children and young people and adults alike, promoting equality, diversity and inclusion so no door to care and support services is closed.


No one day will be the same, due to the variety of activity you will leading on or involved with, which makes it exciting and dynamic. The role will also give you the opportunity to build the evidence base of what works well in the voluntary sector to deliver on and contribute towards six new national ‘models of care’ the Welsh Government expect to see rolled out across Wales over the next five years.

It has never been a more important time in health and social care policy, and the role the voluntary sector will have in contributing to and influencing the transformation of health and social care services and delivery in Wales is absolutely vital.


I’ve been at WCVA for over five years and I can truly say, apart from when I was a Director of a national charity, of course I am bound to say that, it has been one of best organisations I have worked for.

WCVA is a caring organisation, provides flexible working arrangements and is supportive. You will be working within an excellent team and directorate, and externally with the County Voluntary Councils and, for example, with the voluntary sector Regional Partnership Board and independent Health Board representatives who will welcome your supportive role.

Good luck and I look forward to meeting and working with you especially around developing the evidence base and measuring success of the work undertaken within the remit of the role of the National Health and Social Care Manager.


Duration: Fixed term – until October 2024

Hours: 35 hours per week, flexibly

Location: Flexible. Home-based, or from one of our office hubs in Abergele, Aberystwyth and Cardiff. There will be a requirement to attend staff events as required

Salary: £38,485 increasing to £40,537 per annum following successful completion of a six-month probationary period

Closing date: 30 August 2023, 10 am

Provisional interview date: 5 September 2023

Apply now.