Welsh Language Translator

Swansea Bay University Health Board

The closing date is 03 July 2022

Job summary

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, motivated individual with a flexible approach to contribute to the vital work of the NHS in Wales.

We are keen to hear from applicants regardless of circumstance or geographic location. Our modern headquarters, where we are championing agile working are located at Junction 41 of the M4 alongside Baglan railway station. Whilst this is the official base for this role, we would be interested to hear from people seeking flexibility in their work location. This post would also be suitable for somebody seeking a job share

The successful candidate will have a very strong grasp of the Welsh language and will be confident in using it to produce written documents. Experience of translation in a formal setting should be evidenced in the application. (Welsh/English. English /Welsh).

This role will see the successful candidate undertake different methods of translation. The primary being conversion of documents, including reports, letters and information leaflets. There will also be occasional transcription work from Welsh into English and vice versa.

The appointee will be expected to work accurately and have a good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite. Experience of using professional translation software would also be beneficial.

Main duties of the job

To provide a specialist translation service from English to Welsh and from Welsh to English to enable the Health Board to implement the principle that it will treat Welsh and English on an equal basis in accordance with the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 and Welsh language Standards 2018.

Swansea Bay University Health Board recognises the vital part that the Welsh language and culture has to play in the provision of health and social care services to our resident population. The integration of bilingualism and strengthening of our capacity to provide services via the medium of Welsh is a priority for the Health Board, as is ensuring delivery against the Welsh Language Commissioner's Compliance Notice.

Part-time and Job-share will be considered as well. Previous experience and a knowledge of the work of the NHS would be an advantage, as would experience of and/or a qualification in simultaneous translation, although this is not essential.

We are committed to developing our staff and ensuring that all team members have an appropriate work/life balance.

The ability to Speak and Write in Welsh is essential for this post.

About us

We believe staff are our best asset and wewant you to be happy and confident about starting your career here in Swansea Bay University Health Board.

As one of the biggest healthcare groups in the UK we can offer a wealth of professional training and development opportunities in an innovative, forward-thinking organisation.

You might be a nurse ordoctor, maybe you specialise in a health science/therapy or can offer skills in one of our support services - wehave a job for you.

There are also apprenticeships, work placementsand volunteering roles available.

We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from everyone whatever their sex; religion or belief; race; age; sexual orientation; gender identity or, whether they are pregnant or have recently been on maternity leave, married or are in a civil partnership; or, whether they are disabled.

Our values - Caring For Each Other, Working Together and Always Improving, show thatour commitment to equality is at the heart of everything we do.

If you want excellent career and training opportunities while living on the doorstep of some of Europe's most spectacular scenery,with all the benefits of a thriving and cosmopolitan city - look no further.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. To provide a high quality professional translation service requiring fluency, extensive and enhanced knowledge of the Welsh Language as well as the English Language.
  2. To translate complex and sensitive Health Board level documents such as the Annual Report, Policies e.g. Equality and Diversity Policy, etc.
  3. To translate documents/letters of correspondence (e.g. complaint letters, Assembly Member letters, press releases etc) on behalf of the Chief Executives Office involving tight deadlines and often complex/sensitive information such as the care and treatment given to a patient(s), complex assessments, medical records etc.
  4. To work closely and alongside the Health Boards Communications Team in providing bilingual information for publication via the organisations internet/intranet.
  5. To provide simultaneous translation services within a high level environment such as the Health Boards Annual General Meetings, etc.
  6. To work with the organisations Patient Experience Unit providing a face-to-face/written translation service to complainants often involving very complex and sensitive information, which needs to be conveyed in a manner that is fully understood.
  7. To work in conjunction with the Patient Experience Team to translate clinical information leaflets and instructions for patients this work will require accuracy and the use of the most appropriate terms for the subjects and the recipients.
  8. To be responsible for proof-reading documents prior to translation, ensuring that the document is grammatically correct, editing where necessary. This will entail communicating with the author of the document to gain a greater understanding of the subject. e.g. Policies and Procedures (Health and Safety, Risk Management), Annual Accounts. This may involve interaction with different disciplines across the organisation.
  9. To attend the Welsh Assembly Government Contact Point Group Meetings and actively contribute to these meetings in the absence of the Welsh Language Officer.
  10. To coordinate and process all translation requests without supervision, ensuring requests are recorded and are managed effectively within agreed timescales.
  11. To plan and prioritise translation work as the workload demands, proof read, formulate, review and correct bilingual documentation as necessary.
  12. To assist the Welsh Language Officer in promoting the use of the Welsh Language across the Health Board.
  13. To support the Welsh Language Officer in monitoring the implementation of the Health Boards Welsh Language Scheme/Welsh Language Standards.
  14. To provide cover for the Welsh Language Officer and in their absence highlighting any urgent issues.
  15. To provide advice and specialist training regarding access to internal and external services, sharing knowledge, skills and experience with other Health Board staff.
  16. Develop and implement a written internal procedure for translation work.
  17. To create and maintain a database of internal and external translation work carried out and be responsible for producing and maintaining quarterly analytical report of all translation work received for the attention of the Welsh Language Officer.
  18. To manage and maintain a detailed record of expenditure incurred via external translation services, to ensure spend remains within specified budget.
  19. To maintain departmental stock control with regards to materials need for Welsh Language Services.
  20. Working as a team player, contribute to the goals of the Department so that it is able to deliver its various responsibilities and continually improve the service it provides.

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications & Training


  • To have achieved Basic membership of the Association of Welsh Translators and Interpreters, or having had extensive experience of Welsh Language Translation work.
  • Possess a Language Degree or any other relevant Degree.


  • To have achieved full membership Association of Welsh Translators and Interpreters.
  • Degree in Welsh.
  • Post Graduate Diploma level training in either languages or translation.



  • Experience of working as a translator gained either in the workplace or as part of a training programme.
  • Word Processing/working knowledge of the Microsoft Office package.


  • Experience of Welsh translation work in the NHS.

Knowledge, Personal Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent translation skills.


  • Knowledge of medical terms.
  • Knowledge of 'translation memory' packages.

Certificate of Sponsorship

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Employer details

Employer name

Swansea Bay University Health Board


Health Board Headquarters

1, Talbot Gateway

Baglan, Port Talbot

SA12 7BR

Employer's website

https://sbuhb.nhs.wales/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Jordan Morgan-Hughes


Date posted

10 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum pro rata



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share

Reference number


Job locations

Health Board Headquarters

1, Talbot Gateway

Baglan, Port Talbot

SA12 7BR

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