Integration Joint Board seeks service user representative

Scottish Borders Health and social care integration, illustration two coloured lines forming a heart

Published: Tuesday, 4th February 2020

The Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming the service user representative for the Integration Joint Board (IJB).

The IJB wishes to appoint a new non-voting board member to champion the views of people who use health and social care services.

The post is not expected to represent all services users, but rather to authoritatively input to the strategic debate from the perspective of a service user and to champion the service user within the IJB’s decision making process.

An interest or background in public involvement and co-production in health and social care would be an advantage.

What is the Integration Joint Board?

The IJB is the formal Board of the HSCP and consists of local authority elected members, Health Board non-executive directors and representatives of the Third and Independent sectors.

It meets formally nine times per year, with meetings scheduled to last for two hours. Other extra-ordinary meetings and development sessions may be arranged out-with the planned meeting cycle should the business of the IJB require it. 

The IJB agreed its Strategic Plan 2018-21 in 2018, the three main objectives being that we will improve the:

  • health of the population and reduce the number of hospital admissions
  • flow of patients into, through and out of hospital
  • capacity within the community for people who have been in receipt of health and social care services to better manage their own conditions and support those who care for them.

The plan is implemented by the HSCP through NHS Borders, ourselves and agencies from the Third and Independent sectors. Together they deliver a wide range of health and social care services across the Borders, caring for a population of around 114k with an overall total budget of £180m. The HSCP also aims to work closely with the communities that make up the Scottish Borders.

Recruitment process

The process for the appointment of the IJB service user non-voting board member will be via application and formal interview. The interview panel will include IJB board members and the Chief Officer Health & Social Care.

The closing date for applications is close of business on Monday 24 February 2020.

  • Application forms are available to download on our website.
  • They can be submitted by email to: [email protected] or by post to Chief Officer Health and Social Care, Education Centre, Borders General Hospital, Melrose TD6 9BS.
  • Anyone who would like more information, or would like to have an informal conversation with the Chief Officer Health & Social Care, can contact the Business Lead (Health & Social Care) on 01896 828290.

Rob McCulloch-Graham, Chief Officer Health & Social Care

“This is an important and valuable role and we look forward to receiving expressions of interest from anyone with a keen interest in the delivery of health and social care services, particularly if they have the relevant experience that can support us to deliver the key aims of our Strategic Plan.”

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