Chance to in­flu­ence health and care in Mid Ar­gyll

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

An elec­tion has been trig­gered af­ter the chair­per­son of Mid Ar­gyll Health and Care Fo­rum (HCF) stepped down from the role.

A re­place­ment is be­ing sought who ‘lives or has a sub­stan­tial in­ter­est in’ Mid Ar­gyll.

Caro­line Cham­pion, NHS High­land pub­lic in­volve­ment man­ager, said: ‘Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship (HSCP) recog­nises and val­ues the role that HCF mem­bers have in the re­design, de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery of ser­vices in the area.

‘Mem­bers of the Mid Ar­gyll HCF con­tinue to sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to and in­flu­ence the work of the HSCP, par­tic­u­larly in rep­re­sent­ing the views of the gen­eral pub­lic and the peo­ple who use our health and so­cial care ser­vices.

‘As chair­per­son of the Mid Ar­gyll HCF, the elected can­di­date will have an im­por­tant role to play in shap­ing the fu­ture of ser­vices in the lo­cal area.’

Those in­ter­ested in self nom­i­nat­ing must be a reg­is­tered mem­ber of the Ar­gyll and Bute HCF. Any­one who is not a reg­is­tered but in­ter­ested in ei­ther po­si­tion may join at the same time as self nom­i­nat­ing.

Mem­bers who are em­ployed by ei­ther NHS High­land, Ar­gyll and Bute Council or the third sec­tor will not be el­i­gi­ble to self nom­i­nate due to po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est.

Ap­point­ment will be ei­ther two or three years, and can­di­dates can be re-elected up to a max­i­mum of six years.

Cur­rent mem­bers of the Mid Ar­gyll HCF who fit the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria will be in­vited to stand for elec­tion. Let­ters invit­ing self nom­i­na­tions will be sent out on Fri­day June 29. The dead­line for re­ceipt of self nom­i­na­tion forms is mid­day on Mon­day July 16.

Bal­lot pa­pers will be sent out on Mon­day July 30 to mem­bers who fit the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria de­scribed above and the bal­lot will close at mid­day on Mon­day Au­gust 27. All can­di­dates will be no­ti­fied of the out­come on the same day and the re­sults will be pub­lished on the Ar­gyll and Bute HSCP web­page by Tues­day Au­gust 28.

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