An exciting job opportunity is on offer to be at the forefront of developments working with our local communities and NHS funders and decision-makers across the three Berkshire West localities.
The Healthwatch Integrated Care System (ICS) Officer will liaise between the three local Healthwatch in Reading, West Berkshire, and Wokingham, and the Berkshire West ICS, in order to ensure the voices of local people are heard in how health and social care services are commissioned and delivered.
Local Healthwatch were launched five years ago as independent organisations with statutory powers, which take public feedback, give information and advice, visit local services, and campaign for improvements or changes that their communities need.
The Berkshire West ICS, which until recently was known as the Berkshire West Accountable Care System, is a partnership of Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (which funds and plans NHS services in Reading, West Berkshire, and Wokingham), the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (providing hospital services), and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (providing mental health and community services). The aim of the ICS is to make big decisions about the ‘Berkshire health pound’, through joint working and transformation of services.
The Healthwatch ICS Officer role is a newly created, full-time post, on a fixed term basis until 1 June 2019 (with a possibility for further extension, subject to funding). Carrying out a strategic liaison role, the postholder will split their time between the three local Healthwatch, and the Berkshire West CCGs’ ICS Programme Management Office. More details are available on the job description, including information about how to apply. The closing date for applications is 9am, Monday 30 April 2018.