Deputy Head of Health Economics

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Vacancy details

Deputy Head of Health Economics 

28/02/2024, 16:00 

Grade 7 £56,112 to £67,095
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Health and Social Services Group
Advanced Analytics, Policy Modelling and Health Economics
Pan Wales

The Deputy Head of Health Economics is responsible for providing health economics expertise and support across Welsh Government. This is achieved through delivering evidence-based advice, analysis and guidance, appraising allocation of resources in such a way that achieves effective and equitable outcomes for the citizens of Wales and value for money for Welsh Government. The evidence and analyses generated by these activities is summarised and shared with Ministers and policymakers. 

A central element of the role is using prioritisation methods like programme budgeting and marginal analysis (PBMA), and multi criteria decision analysis (MCDA), to prioritise Government investment decisions around health and social care.

This is a business critical role in helping to ensure the health and social care system is run efficiently and based on objective decision making using best evidence and methods.

The Deputy Head of Health Economics is a member of the Science Evidence Advice (SEA) senior management team, helping to shape the strategic direction of the division and the analytical delivery of current and emerging threats. They provide approvals of the SEA Brief, which describes the current Covid-19 situation and other infectious diseases (e.g., influenza, avian flu, scarlet fever) ahead of clearance by the Chief Scientific Advisor for Health (CSAH).

They also provide support and oversight for colleagues contributing to papers and reports; developing methodology, reviewing analyses and reports, and quality assuring work conducted. They provide line management for staff.

The Deputy Head of Health Economics works on a breadth of topics including public health, non-communicable diseases, vaccinations, mental health, cost of living crisis, fuel poverty and health impacts on the workforce.

They are expected to maintain strong relationships with Public Health Wales, the NHS in Wales, academic groups, and UK partners including DHSC, UKHSA and OHID.

Key areas that The Deputy Head of Health Economics is expected to work within are:

  • Prioritising NHS and government spend using programme budgeting and marginal analysis (PBMA), and multi criteria decision analysis (MCDA)
  • Championing health economics in the public sector
  • Building the economic case for prevention, providing evidence synthesis, assessing health and social care spending, resource allocation review, supporting shift of services from acute secondary care to primary and community care, and exploring costs and benefits to evaluate treatment pathways and changes to those pathways.
  • Deliver analyses that align with the strategic direction of the Welsh Government.
  • Deputise and present at meetings for The Head of Health Economics, Advanced Analytics and Policy Modelling and other members of the SEA senior management team when required.
  • Attend Health Technology Wales board meetings and represent Welsh Government
  • Chair Public Sector Health Economics group
  • Line manage other staff within the team.

What the organisation will expect

  • You will have the ability to work under pressure, be flexible, proactive and self-motivated. You will have the ambition to lead and motivate a team to successfully deliver within a challenging, pressured and fast-paced environment.
  • You will be able to take an innovative approach, looking for opportunities to do things differently and responsive enough to adapt and develop new options as things change. You will be adaptable, flexible, open to, and accepting of change affecting you and your area of work and deal with that change efficiently and professionally.
  • As an effective Civil Servant, you will have an understanding of the political landscape and the role that Ministers play in setting the agenda for your business area; an understanding of how to get things done with regard to governance and financial management processes; an ability to manage risk, making informed decisions with little or no guidance; and be able to clearly communicate at all levels, including with senior stakeholders and Ministers.

What your team will expect

  • You will value diversity and inclusion, creating an environment where individuals feel safe to challenge, share ideas and express concerns
  • You will be a role model, who is able to motivate and inspire others, establish a vision and bring others on board, providing clear direction and priorities for the team, ensuring that every member understands their contribution to achieving objectives, and feel capable of fulfilling their role.
  • You will support the development of others, demonstrating an understanding of the importance of learning, planning for and providing opportunities and encouragement for individuals to develop, as well as investing time for your own development.

What key stakeholders will expect

  • You will be able to use sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide credible advice and guidance to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • You will understand the importance of building and maintaining constructive relationships, both within and outside Welsh Government. You will have strong influencing skills and the ability to build collaborative relationships that both challenge with support, and build trust and mutual respect across organisational boundaries
  • You will be able to use creative thoughts to develop recommendations, and take advantage of opportunities to work collaboratively across boundaries.

All members of the Science Evidence Advice (SEA) team are supported to learn Welsh. Welsh Government offers a learning prospectus and has resources and assistance to help people learning though an array of reasonable adjustments.

As a Economy profession role, there are numerous development opportunities though the professional leads in Welsh Government. Further to this, members of the SEA team are also encouraged to join the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) profession, where members have access to additional training and networking opportunities.

The potential candidate will have regular opportunities to present their work to senior leaders within Welsh Government and its external stakeholders. In addition to this, the successful candidate will be supported to attends at relevant conferences and to author or support papers for peer-reviewed academic journals.  

As a evidence and advice team SEA is committed to providing the opportunity to maintain and grow members involvement in high quality academic research and development.

We promote diversity, inclusion, and equality of opportunity, respecting difference and external experience. Welcome and respond to views and challenges from others, despite any conflicting pressures to ignore or give in to them. Stand by, promote or defend own and team’s actions and decisions where needed. Seek out shared interests beyond own area of responsibility, understanding the extent of the impact actions have on the organisation. Inspire and motivate teams to be fully engaged in their work and dedicated to their role.

Some infrequent travel to Cardiff may be required where there is a business need to present work or be part of discussions with stakeholders as part of this roles responsibilities.

This advertisement confirms the overall criteria being assessed throughout this recruitment exercise. For further details on the criteria and evidence required at the application stage, you will need to press apply and review the application form. 

When presenting your evidence, you may find it useful to consider the expectations of the grade as set out in the Grade Description as well as the main responsibilities that are essential for the role. 

Candidate’s may find the practice test links (below) useful for other recruitment schemes, however for this recruitment scheme, candidates who pass the initial sift will be asked to undertake an ability test in the field of Health Economics. Candidates will be provided with a scenario and will be asked to produce a brief. Full instruction will be provided via email. Only candidates who pass the ability test will be invited to interview.

The top three individuals who meet the minimum criteria will progress to interview.

As part of the interview process you will be asked to give a 5 minute presentation. This presentation will assess your ability to convey complex information or subjects to diverse audiences in a clear and succinct manner’  Full details will be provided to you as part of your invitation to interview.

In the case of more than one candidate scoring the same, the panel has agreed the following criteria will determine merit order.

1. Ability test,  2. Behaviour (Working together)


Welsh language requirements

3 - Although Welsh language skills are not essential for this post, they would be an asset. This role is a Welsh language skills desirable role.
0 - No skills
0 - No skills
0 - No skills
0 - No skills

Selection Process and Stages

Welsh Government, like all other Government Departments use Success Profiles when we recruit. For each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job. It raises performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

The selection process and stages are:

Number of Stages:3 stage process
Stage 1Application Form
Stage 2Other Assessment
Stage 3Interview


We’ll assess you against these abilities during the selection process

To assess the candidates knowledge and understanding of Health Economics, (Candidates will be provided with a scenario and will be asked to produce a brief)

This will be tested at stage 2: Other Assessment

Once you have submitted an application form you will be asked to take an online test. Details of the different types and practice tests are available on GOV.UK.

If you fail the test or do not complete it by the deadline given you will not progress to the next stage. You will be notified of your test outcome by email.

If you are successful at the online test your application will progress to the sift stage.


We’ll assess you against these Behaviour criteria during the selection process.


This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 3: Interview

Communicating and Influencing 

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 3: Interview

Seeing the Big Picture 

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 3: Interview

Working Together 

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 3: Interview


We'll assess you against the following Experience criteria during the assessment process.
Experience questions

Experience of leading a piece of cost benefit or cost effectiveness analysis.

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form

Experience of work which influenced local or national health policy.

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form


This will be tested at Interview stage only.



Relationship Builder 


You will be asked about your nationality and if you are legally allowed to work in the United Kingdom. This is to find out if you are eligible to apply for this vacancy. This is a requirement for working within the Civil Service.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria your application will not progress. If it becomes clear at a later stage in the process that you are not eligible to apply, your application may be withdrawn, or the offer retracted.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) 
• nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
• Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Disability Confident Scheme

The Welsh Government is a Disability Confident Leader. We guarantee to interview any candidate with an impairment, health condition, who is neurodivergent or who uses British Sign Language if they meet the minimum criteria for the post.

Welsh Government has adopted the social model of disability, which recognises that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments, or health conditions, who are neurodivergent or who use British Sign Language.

We are committed to removing barriers in the recruitment process so that all (or potential new) staff can perform at their best.

Recruitment adjustments can be made at any part of the recruitment process for candidates with an impairment or health condition, who are neurodivergent or who use British Sign Language. 

Please get in touch with to discuss adjustments for any part of the process.

Great Place to Work for Veterans

The Welsh Government operates the Great Place to Work for Veterans Initiative. We guarantee to interview any eligible former members of the armed forces if they meet the minimum criteria for the post.

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
• Prospect

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
• Pay
• Terms and conditions
• HR Strategy, policies and procedures
• Health, safety and well-being
• Organisational change

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. We encourage you to learn more about our trade unions, partnership working and to get involved in their work.


All Welsh Government staff are members of the Civil Service, and as a result are eligible for:

  • Civil Service Pension Scheme
  • 31 days annual leave (pro-rated for part time)
  • training and development opportunities
  • Cycle2Work Scheme
  • Smart Working flexible working arrangement
  • Green Car Scheme (subject to availability)

If you are an active Civil Service Pension member you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us.

Recruitment principles and complaints

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. Please see the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles on the Commission's website.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and wish to make a complaint please email Please ensure that you refer to the vacancy reference number.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Welsh Government, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

All applications for this vacancy must be made using our online application system.

If you have an impairment which prevents you from applying online, please email our recruitment team.You can:

  • request an application pack in an alternative format
  • request a recruitment adjustment to help you submit your application

Use the 'Apply' button to submit your application. You will be asked to register if you don't have an account or sign in if you do. Registration takes a few minutes and you will need an email address.

Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form. You must complete this and submit it before the deadline on the closing date. We will not consider an incomplete application form.

If you would like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the Change Language link on this page.  We welcome applications in Welsh, and applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than applications submitted in English.

Please see the candidate guidance for more information on the recruitment process.

For information on Civil Service Success Profiles please click here.

This opportunity is closed to applications.