Members

Body: Community Health Councils
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Health
Location: Pan Wales
Number of Vacancies: 34
Remuneration: CHC members are volunteers. Once appointed members can claim for travel and other reasonable expenses in accordance with the CHC’s policies.
Time Requirements: 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    31/05/2019

  • Closed for Applications

    02/08/2019 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift

    05/08/2019

  • Final Interview Date

    06/09/2019

  • Announcement

    TBC

Vacancy Description

What do members do?

  • Talk to patients and the public and encourage them to share their views and experiences of NHS services
  • Report the views and experiences of patients and the public in a clear and balanced way
  • Represent the views of patients and the public in meetings with those who plan and deliver NHS services
  • Look at local plans and proposals for service changes

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Members do not need to be experts in the work of the NHS. We are looking for individuals from all walks of life who have a genuine interest in helping their local community to improve the services provided by the NHS.

Candidates must demonstrate a clear understanding and commitment to:

CHC members will be expected to abide by a Code of Conduct for CHC members. The Code covers issues such as the values of CHCs, personal conduct, confidentiality and equal opportunities –http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/documents/899/2019%20Code%20of%20Conduct%20Procedure%20.pdf


Essential Criteria

Members will need to demonstrate:

  • genuine interest in listening to others with very strong social skills
  • An ability to represent  others in a balanced way
  • An ability to relate to people of different backgrounds
  • An ability to work effectively as part of a team

Desirable Criteria

  • The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable but not essential for the posts. However, all candidates will be expected to display an understanding of the bilingual nature of Wales, and the principles contained in the Welsh Government’s Strategy for the language in Health and Social Services, More Than Just Words. This includes specifically:
  • The importance of providing excellent bilingual services in the health sector;
  • Not treating the Welsh language less favourably than English; and
  • Promoting opportunities to use the Welsh language by means of the active offer principle.

 

 

Additional Information

Please note, we are seeking to appoint members to all CHC areas in Wales, apart from Cardiff and Vale CHC where there are no current vacancies. However, there may be opportunities to become a co-opted (non-voting) member of Cardiff and Vale CHC. Persons interested in becoming a co-opted member should contact Cardiff and Vale CHC directly on 02920 750112.

Please note, some people are not eligible to apply to be part of a CHC.  These include:

  • People who have been convicted of an offence in the past 5 years and served a prison sentence (suspended or not) of 3 months or more.
  • Un-discharged bankrupts.
  • People who have been dismissed from paid employment with the health service (apart from being made redundant) or have been terminated from a public appointment within the health serviice.
  • Chairs, members, directors or employees of a health service body that makes decisions that affect persons resident in the same district as the CHC.
  • Members of another Council.
  • General Medical Practitioners, General Dental Practitioners, Registered Pharmacists, Registered Optometrists or Registered Dispensing Opticians, Registered Nurses or Midwives who work in the same district as the CHC.
  • People who are candidates for, or are serving Members of, the National Assembly for Wales, the UK House of Commons and/or the European Parliament.

 

The maximum period of service on a Community Health Council is 8 years.

 

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Public Appointments Team

Email: publicappointments@gov.wales

 

For further information regarding the role of the independent member please contact the Welsh Government’s Head of Patient Experience, telephone: 03000 253967 or email: Rhian.williams5@gov.wales. If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team (as above).

 

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the Welsh Government online recruitment centre. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on PublicAppointments@gov.wales.

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments.

 

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