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LOCAL VOICES NEEDED FOR HEALTH WATCHDOG

Do you have an interest in your local NHS? Do you want to improve local health services in your area? Do you have 3-5 days free per month to become a volunteer?

If you answered YES to the above questions, then become a volunteer of the Community Health Councils (CHC) in Wales.

CHCs represent the independent voice of patients and the public who use the health service in Wales. They play an important role in influencing the way services are planned and delivered, to ensure the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in Wales.

CHC members are local volunteers who act as the eyes and ears of patients and the public, listening to their concerns and working with the health service to improve the quality of patient care.

Members are asked to give the equivalent of three to five days a month, usually in short sessions of a few hours at a time.

We currently have vacancies for new members and are looking for people from all walks of life, of all ages. Applications are welcomed from all groups, and we ensure no eligible candidate receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or religious affiliation.

The most important requirement is a genuine interest in improving health services for your community. Some key skills which would be useful include: an interest in local health issues; being able to work in a team and with a diverse range of people, good communication skills.

Successful candidates will be given full training and support to enable them to carry out their role and any ‘out of pocket’ expenses such as travel will be reimbursed.

The closing date is 23 February 2015. Any applications received after this date will not be considered. It is expected that interviews will be held week commencing 16 March 2015.

For further information on the application process and to apply, please visit http://wales.gov.uk/about/recruitment/public-appointments/?lang=en or for queries contact the HR Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 / hr-helpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

Or, for further information about CHCs please contact the Board of CHCs on: 0845 644 7814 or enquiries@waleschc.org.uk or visit the website at http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/899/page/46854

A large print, Braille or audio version of this advert can be obtained by request from 029 2082 5454

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