Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Have your say on NHS services

People are being offered a chance to help shape the way NHS services are delivered. Health Reporter HELEN RAE finds out more.

AN OPPORTUNITY to make a difference to the health of the region is being presented through the role of non-executive director on the board of Newcastle Primary Care Trust.

The role offers the chance for the candidate to put their talents to use by making a positive difference to the lives of people in the community by tackling issues like obesity, smoking, alcohol, cancer and sexual health.

The position is open to people who have gained senior level expertise in the private, public or voluntary sectors with senior management experience including one or more of the following: commercial or business expertise: bringing experience of strategic planning, financial, risk and performance management and legal expertise.

An interest in community health services is also desirable.

Gina Tiller, chairwoman of Newcastle PCT board, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for someone to become involved in making a difference to the health of their local community in Newcastle.

“We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

“We particularly want to hear from women and people from black and minority ethnic communities who are able to make a real contribution to this organisation.”

Preference will be given to candidates who live in Newcastle, or who have strong connections with the area.

Those applying for the role will need to demonstrate a range of competencies required to contribute effectively at board level including strategic thinking, team working and excellent communication skills.

The time commitment is typically just two and a half days each month and remuneration is £7,765 per annum.

Newcastle PCT values and promotes diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, March 5 and interviews will be held on March 30.

For more information log on to the website at www.appointments.org.uk or www.strictlyboardroom.co.uk or call 0870 240 3802, quoting the reference NE9557 for an information pack.
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Source: Evening Chronicle
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