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Healthwatch Liverpool – Chairperson needed

A new body to oversee Health and Social Care services has been set up to help residents and communities influence and challenge how they are provided.

Healthwatch Liverpool takes over the responsibilities of Liverpool’s Local Involvement Network (LINk) and now provides additional services around information, advice and guidance and complaints advocacy.

Healthwatch Liverpool is looking for someone to chair the Liverpool Healthwatch Reference Board. The role will include leading and developing Healthwatch as an independent organisation, setting the strategic plan and direction and introducing strong governance to enable Healthwatch Liverpool to represent the views of Liverpool’s residents.

It is a requirement of this role that applicants either live or work in Liverpool and that they are not party political in action. The successful candidate will require drive, energy and enthusiasm. The Chairperson of Liverpool Healthwatch will have a seat on the Liverpool Health and Wellbeing Board and will need to take a leadership role in the health and wellbeing system.

The aim of Healthwatch Liverpool will be to give residents and communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided within their locality. It will be the local consumer champion for patients, service users and the public across health and social care.

The position is voluntary and unpaid but reasonable out of pocket expenses will be paid.

Please note that this role is not open to those who are employed in statutory provision or are involved in the planning, management or delivery of any Health and Social Care provision.

To request an application pack and further information about the role of Chairperson with Healthwatch Liverpool, please contact Healthwatch Liverpool Scrutiny on 0151 227 5177 or email healthwatchliverpool@lcvs.org.uk (CV’s will not be accepted)

If you have questions and want an informal discussion please contact Kathy Hull – Healthwatch Scrutiny Executive Officer 0151 227 5177

Closing date for applications: 12noon on Friday 31st May 2013

More information on HealthWatch can be found on:

• Dept Health: www.doh.gov.uk, search HealthWatch

• Care Quality Commission: www.cqc.org.uk, search Healthwatch

• Healthwatch Liverpool: http://healthwatchliverpool.co.uk

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