Healthwatch Tameside Board Member

Can you help improve health and social care services in Tameside? Do you want to guide the work of Healthwatch? If so, Healthwatch Tameside wants to hear from you! Healthwatch Tameside (HWT) provides an independent consumer voice for local people using NHS and social care services in Tameside. HWT gathers the views of local patients, service users and families in order to review the quality of health and social care services and shape the way services are designed and delivered.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Monthly
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Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

The Board does three main things:
• Makes sure that Healthwatch meets its legal obligations – we have to operate in line with company law as well as use or legal powers in the best interests of local people;
• Makes sure that Healthwatch does what it is being paid to deliver – our funding agreement contains detailed information about the services that Healthwatch must provide;
• Agrees how we will set our priorities – the staff team is responsible for our day to day work but the Board is responsible for setting the overall work areas and the policies and procedures the staff team will follow.

Requirements: Relevant qualification or training
Skill and Qualifications Required:

We are looking to appoint additional board members, with one or more of the following specific experiences or knowledge:
1. Commissioning or managing health and/or social care services.
2. Delivering public services particularly within a health and social care environment.
3. Running an information or advice service for members of the public.
4. Experience of managing domiciliary care or residential/nursing home services.
5. Management or leadership of a voluntary organisation or social enterprise.
6. Experience of working with children and/or young people.
7. Strategic management of a large organisation.
8. Community engagement with local residents to enable their experiences to influence policy and service delivery.

We expect Board members to be committed to good quality health and care services for people in Tameside. In addition to this, there are some specific expectations:
• Attendance and participation in Board meetings – approximately once every two months
• Preparation for Board meetings – reading the papers before the meeting and asking for more information if they need it
• Participation in Board training and development activities
• Acting as an ambassador for Healthwatch – including respecting and representing the Board’s agreed position on a range of topics
• Always acting selflessly, in the best interests of Healthwatch, in line with standards of accountability in public life.

Areas of Interest: Health and wellbeing, Legal, Medicine, Mental Health, Older people
Opportunity suitable for: Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, People seeking work, People with a visual impairment, People with restricted mobility, University students
What activities will the volunteer do? Administration, Campaigning, Legal work, Trusteeship
Skills gained in this role: Governance, Leadership, Organising, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: No
Opportunity Accessibility: Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Action Together CIO
Organisation Profile: People have the power to change the places they live and the things they care about. At Action together we know that people can make things happen because we see it everyday. Across Oldham and Tameside right now, there are thousands of people changing lives, improving neighbourhoods and contributing positively to our region. People like the parents helping out at school, coaches teaching sport to kids or leaders at scouts and guides. People who are campaigning to save an historic building, improve their local park or preserve a wildlife habitat. People like the cancer survivor who starts a support group, the parents of disabled children who meet up to share experiences or the churchgoers who decide to set up a food bank. At Action together we're here to help those people. We believe that by learning together, sharing skills and pooling resources we can get more done.