Healthwatch representative volunteer

What is the purpose of the role?

Attend local healthcare meetings to ensure local people’s voices are heard and acted upon by policy and decision makers. Attend events to promote Healthwatch.

This is an opportunity for Champion volunteers who would like to get further involved.

What will I be doing?

As a Healthwatch representative you will be asked to:

  • Attend a health or social care meetings to represent Healthwatch
  • Prepare for your meeting by reading meeting papers and preparing information to share with the meeting group
  • Feed in the views and experiences of local people by telling the meeting what Healthwatch has been told by the public
  • Write a record of important discussions that came out of the meeting
  • Share your record with Healthwatch so we can stay up to date with developments in local healthcare
  • (optional) Attend community events and engagement stands to seek the public’s opinions of local health and social care services and promote Healthwatch
  • Attend Healthwatch volunteer training and group support sessions as appropriate.

This is an important and worthwhile role that will influence and improve how local healthcare services are run in your community.

Personal qualities needed for the role

  • Good listening skills and confidence to speak up at meetings
  • Passion for improving local health and social care services
  • Ability to write concise, unbiased feedback about your meeting
  • Reliability
  • Ability to dedicate around four hours a month
  • Ability to travel to your meeting
  • Respectful of all people from all backgrounds.

No experience is required as full support and training will be given. We can support you to find a meeting that suits your availability and interests.

What’s in it for me?

  • The opportunity to influence and shape health and social care for future generations, based on what local people say they want and need
  • The opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to shape and influence health and social care services for future generations
  • Full initial training, ongoing support and continuing development and training opportunities
  • Meet new people
  • Out of pocket expenses paid
  • Experience of speaking at health and social care meetings, representing other people’s views and networking for your CV and future career
  • Feel good about yourself and give back to your community.

How much time, where and when?

Meetings vary in length and the amount of reading required. Volunteers will need to have some day time availability and be able to dedicate around four hours a month. Representative meetings are held in various locations across the locaility.