People with a passion for seeing local health and social care services changed for the better are being sought by the county’s independent health and social care champion.

Healthwatch Gloucestershire, which has an important role in assessing the quality of local health and social care services and influencing the design of future services, is looking for additional Steering Group members.

Julia Butler-Hunt, Healthwatch Gloucestershire Manager, explained: “We welcome interest from all sections of the local community. We’re looking for local people with a passionate interest in helping the local community shape the way their health and social care services are run.

“Although not essential, if people have knowledge or experience in social care, children and young people, mental health, equalities and diversity this would be beneficial.”

Steering Group members will oversee and contribute to the work programme and play a crucial role in monitoring its delivery. It also plays a part supporting the organisation to adhere to its principles, purpose and vision and ensuring that it operates in a moral and ethical way.

“I want to improve access to good quality health care in Gloucestershire ”

Bob Lloyd-Smith, current Steering Group member, has worked in newspapers, radio and television before working with NHS England as a public/patient leader, volunteers for Healthwatch Gloucestershire and believes others should join the organisation’s volunteering programme.

He said: “I see first-hand much of the remarkable care provided by the health professionals and their support staff but also get to hear directly from service users about the care they receive.

“To me, Healthwatch Gloucestershire offers a really user friendly and safe way of allowing those in need of health and social care in the county to say what they think of the service they receive.”

Eileen Morrison, fellow Steering Group member, added: “I want to improve access to good quality health and social care services in Gloucestershire.”

Steering Group meetings are currently held every month.  In addition, Steering Group members will need to spend around six days a month on Steering Group matters, plus emails and occasional meetings, both day time and evening. There are also opportunities to spend additional time on activities if a member chooses to.  The role is voluntary, but all out of pocket expenses will be covered.  The term of office will be for an initial period of two years, with an option to extend by a further two years.

For more information about the post and specific responsibilities of Steering Group members please download a recruitment pack from www.healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk/about/vacancies or telephone 01452 504989 or email info@healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk.

Closing date for applications. Midnight 9 September 2018

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