Healthwatch Southampton Community Engagement Worker 30 to 37 hours (negotiable) £21,000 pro-rata

Healthwatch Southampton Community Engagement Worker 30 to 37 hours (negotiable) £21,000 pro-rata

Closing date: 12 noon Monday 9th December

Interviews: Monday 16th December

 What is Healthwatch Southampton?

Healthwatch Southampton is your voice in improving health and social care. Established in 2013 it works to improve the power of patients and the public’s voice and ensure their needs and ideas for improvement are listened to and responded to by services.

We have three main aims:

  • To be an independent, influential and effective voice for the public
  • To provide an information, advice and signposting service
  • To provide independent health (NHS) complaints advocacy

Healthwatch Southampton is made up of individuals and community groups who work together to improve local services. We have a membership which is open to any interested person or group to join. Members are kept up-to-date with our activities and opportunities to get involved and elect the public members of the Healthwatch Southampton Strategic Group which steers our work.

Healthwatch Southampton relies on your views and experiences of health and social care services. We actively seek these in many ways – through surveys, community engagement and our online Feedback Centre. With this information we can then seek change either directly for individuals or for affected groups. We are recognised by health and social care services and have a track-record in getting change and improvement.

As part of Healthwatch Southampton’s remit, we are committed to regularly making reports and recommendations about how local care services could or ought to be improved. These are directed to commissioners and providers of care services, and people responsible for managing or scrutinising local care services and shared with Healthwatch England as well as being made available to the public.

About this role

The purpose of this role will be to engage and involve local communities to ensure Healthwatch Southampton (HWS) is representative of the public’s needs and has a strong evidence based voice, in order to influence local decision makers within health and social care.

Working with other team members the successful applicant will also involve volunteers in the day to day activities of HWS, through a number of identified work-streams.

Working closely with other colleagues this role will be integral to the delivery and monitoring of a comprehensive community engagement plan and delivering operationally against the strategic agenda set by the HWS Strategic Group.

To Apply

Please read the attached supporting information and submit your up-to-date CV and a covering letter of no more than two side of A4 outlining your interest, experience and suitability for this role to jobs@southamptonvs.org.uk Closing date is Monday 9th December at 12 noon.

Interviews will be held at Southampton Voluntary Services, Kingsland Square, St Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NW on Monday 16th December.

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