Healthwatch Milton Keynes
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Do you have a broad interest in health and social care issues, and feel that you have the skills to support us as a Trustee, or interested in joining Healthwatch MK in your first Trustee role? We are a small, friendly organisation with a big remit and a passion for making sure that the people of Milton Keynes experience the very best from health and social care services.
Our mission is to be an independent organisation, providing an effective local voice for people in Milton Keynes, influencing and shaping Health and Social Care services to meet their needs.
• We provide advice and signposting services to support people using health and social care services access the information they need, and their rights to care and treatment.
• We undertake engagement and listening exercises with patients, service users, their carers and families to get to the heart of what matters to them.
• We use our statutory powers to visit health and social care settings and gather feedback on people’s experiences.
• We work collaboratively with the voluntary sector, service providers, commissioners and the local authority, as a ‘critical friend’ to shape health and care services with the evidence we collect.
The Board of Trustees meets 6 times a year on Wednesdays. We know that what time volunteers can provide varies and we ask that preparation and attendance at Board meetings is the minimum time commitment. However, there are many other opportunities within our organisation that as a Trustee you can be involved in, dependent on how much time you wish to volunteer.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss the role before you apply.
If you would like an informal discussion prior to applying, please call on 01908 698800. We are also planning to hold an informal open evening for potential trustees to meet the Board and Chief Executive on 9th May 2019. Please call us if you are interested in attending this event.
Healthwatch Milton Keynes
Suite 113 Milton Keynes Business Centre
Basic IT skills - internet & email,Evaluating & Reviewing,Good IT Skills,Talking & Listening,Governance
As a Trustee, you will need to have home access to the internet and have good understanding of using Microsoft Office, including email. An understanding of Office 365 would be desirable, but not essential. You will be open to using a Healthwatch branded email address, and other web platforms such as social media and internal message boards to communicate with the Board and CEO between meetings.
Many of our Trustees represent Healthwatch at meetings across the Health and Social Care system, so good interpersonal skills, and strong influencing skills will be both beneficial to the Board, and also to any other commitments you might want to make to Healthwatch Milton Keynes' activities.
You will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the 7 principles of public life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership.
Being a Trustee brings valuable experience to any professional. You will learn a lot about the Health and Social Care system in Milton Keynes and gain a full and true understanding of the value of public, patient and service user involvement in Health and Social Care services.
You will have the pleasure of joining a small and passionate team mid-way through our three-year strategy and providing essential guidance and oversight of the organisation's performance and impact.
Trusteeships & Committees
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Anyone from al backgrounds, with the relevant skills and passion about Health and Social Care.