Regional Social Prescribing Development Board Call for Expressions of Interest for the role of Co-Chair

25 Sep 2020 Déarbhla Sloan    Last updated: 15 Oct 2020

The Regional Social Prescribing Development Board is looking for Expressions of Interest for the role of Co-Chair from the Community & Voluntary Sector.

A Regional Social Prescribing Development Board is being established by the Health & Social Care Board (HSCB) and the Public Health Agency which will be co-chaired by the Director of Integrated Care at the HSCB and a senior leader from the Community & Voluntary Sector.

Social Prescribing is defined by the UK Social Prescribing Network as a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker - to provide them with a face to face conversation during which they can learn about the possibilities and design their own personalised solutions, i.e. ‘coproduce’ their ‘social prescription’- so that people with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find solutions which will improve their health and wellbeing, often using services provided by the voluntary and community sector.

Expressions of Interest for the Co-Chair from the voluntary and community sector are welcomed from those who can demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

  • Are currently employed by, or volunteering with a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation

  • Have at least 5 years’ experience in an employed or voluntary capacity at a senior management or Board level within the Community & Voluntary sector

  • Have experience as Chair of a cross sectoral working group or Board     

  • Have experience of managing conflicts of interest

  • Have a strong understanding of the Community & Voluntary and public sector environments in NI  

  • Have the support of the organisation they are employed by or volunteer with to take up this role

The Co-Chairs will be required to work together across organisational and professional boundaries to provide leadership and support to the establishment and work of the Development Board.

Please contact [email protected] to request application documents.

Application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 4th November 2020.

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