Volunteering

NED for Healthwatch Wokingham

Location: Wokingham

Date Posted: 01/04/2021

Closing Date: 26/04/2021

We are the independent champion for people who use health and social care services in Wokingham (the area covered by Wokingham Borough Council). We’re here to make sure that the organisations that plan and run health and social care services, including the NHS and the Council, put local people at the heart of their work.

We aim to improve local health and social care services for people who use them today, and to help shape them for anyone who might need them in future.

Healthwatch Wokingham has four roles:

Voicing: we enable people to share their views and concerns about local health and social care services

Influencing: wherever decisions are made about the design and delivery of health and care services, we aim to make sure people’s voices are heard

Informing: our helpline and hub gives information about local health and care services

Reporting: we share concerns about the quality of health and social care with the people who provide them, the commissioners who fund them and if necessary with national bodies.

How does Healthwatch Wokingham work?

Above all, we help people to be heard. We are there for anyone in Wokingham. We take extra care to reach out to communities who are least heard, supporting them to have a voice. We have influence because we use evidence from the public to back up what we say, and we put forward ideas for change in a constructive way.

We want patients, service users, their families, carers and the public to be involved from the start to the end of planning any service if they will be affected by it, working in partnership with professionals to get the best possible result.

We are independent of the NHS, local and central government. We have an independent legal status as a Community Interest Company, with an independent Board and a small staff team.

We make a difference to the people who come to us and to the wider community, helping to change services for the better.

Healthwatch Wokingham is a Community Interest Company, with an annual budget of around £100,000. Almost all our income is from a core contract with Wokingham Borough Council.

The work of the organisation is carried out by Help & Care as our delivery partners, under contract to the Community Interest Company. On a day-to-day basis our work is led by employed staff and volunteers.

The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Community Interest Company hold overall responsibility for delivering the Wokingham Borough Council contract. The Board currently consists of:

· 2 Executive Directors appointed by Member Nomination

· a Non-Executive Chair

· and 2 Non-Executive Directors, one of whom also acts as Vice-Chair.

Each Director leads on specific issues/area of interest. If suitable candidates apply, we will appoint up to 2 new NEDs.

Our staff team is small and so our Board members play a more active role than a typical NHS NED. They have a variety of backgrounds and expertise and we are open to a range of applicants. We have identified that the Board would benefit from people with experience and/or knowledge in one or more of these areas:

· Diversity and Inclusion

· Co-production / patient and public engagement

· Influencing at a strategic level to leaders and policy-makers

· Adult social care, including care at home

· Physical disability

· Mental health, learning disability, autism

· Health inequalities and the wider determinants of health

· Communications, both traditional and digital

For at least some places on the Board, we hope to appoint people who along with their other qualities bring personal experience of receiving health or social care either themselves, or as carers or family members.
Practicalities
The roles can expand to fill the time you are available. At a minimum, Directors are expected to be available two days a month.

The Board has quarterly business meetings, plus at least two “awaydays” a year.

Appointments will be for three years, extendable by mutual agreement for a further three years.

These are not paid positions and we are not offering employment. Directors receive no salary; expenses are paid.

How to apply

Applications must be received by 12.00 midday on Monday 26th April 2021.

Please email a CV and a covering letter setting out what makes you interested in joining us, and what you could contribute. Please address the role profile(s) and person specification.

We will take up references after interview, so please provide us with the contact details of someone we can approach who would be able to comment on your suitability for the role.

Healthwatch Wokingham is committed to diversity and equality and we would be grateful if you complete and return the Equal Opportunities monitoring form with your application.

We aim to interview in the week commencing 3rd May 2021 via Microsoft Teams/Zoom. Please tell us of any restrictions on your availability during that week, and if you have any special needs so we can meet your access needs. We offer to pay expenses for shortlisted candidates.

Reference ID: HWNEDWKH

Part-time hours: 4 per week

Application deadline: 26/04/2021

Job Types: Part-time, Volunteer

Salary: £1.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Work from home

Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

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