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Healthwatch recruitment drive continues
Friday 18th January, 2013

Organisers of a recruitment campaign calling on volunteers to be part of a new health and social care body in the borough have expressed delight at the response from local people.

More than fifty people from across the borough have already shown interest in getting involved in Healthwatch Wigan, a new independent organisation which aims to represent the views of local people and give them an opportunity to help shape how health and social care services are delivered.

But the deadline for applications for the Board, including a Chairperson and Trustees, is rapidly approaching so people will need to act soon if they wish to be considered.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health and Chair of Wigan's Health and Wellbeing Board, Cllr Keith Cunliffe says: “We’re delighted with the response we’ve had so far.

“When Healthwatch Wigan launches on 1st April, we want it to be able to hit the ground running. That’s why we’re driving the campaign to recruit dedicated people who believe they have the skills and commitment to become members of the Healthwatch Wigan Board.

"They will play a significant role in developing the strategy, direction, business objectives and customer focus of Healthwatch Wigan, and they will maintain strong working relationships with Wigan Council, NHS and the local Health and Wellbeing Board.”

Two public events in Leigh and Hindley have already taken place attracting 32 people. More than fifty application packs have also been issued to people who have expressed interest.

Organisers will be manning a stand at the Third Sector Assembly Health event in the Wigan Investment Centre on Wednesday 23rd January between 8.30am and 2.30 pm.

Healthwatch Wigan will be responsible for gathering views and understanding the experiences of people who use local services, and promoting and supporting the involvement of people in the commissioning and provision of local care services and how they are scrutinised.

The organisation will have the powers to recommend investigations or special reviews of services via Healthwatch England or directly to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Wigan Council is co-ordinating the recruitment campaign. Candidates are able to apply for one or both of the roles and will be interviewed by a panel comprising of representatives from the Healthwatch steering group, members of the Community and Voluntary Sector, Wigan Council and NHS representatives. Training and support will be provided for the successful candidates.

An application pack can be downloaded from the Healthwatch Wigan website or by emailing p.haunch@wigan.gov.uk or info@healthwatchwigan.org.

For an informal chat about the role please ring Paul Haunch on 01942 489485.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 25th January 2013 and interviews will be held in February.

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