Health fo­rum to hold elec­tions

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­GYLL and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship is to hold an elec­tion to find a chair­man and vice chair­man for the Mid Ar­gyll Health and Care Fo­rum (HCF).

Caro­line Cham­pion, pub­lic in­volve­ment man­ager for Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, said: ‘The Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship recog­nises and val­ues the role that Health and Care Fo­rum mem­bers have in the re­design, de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery of ser­vices in their lo­cal­ity.

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

‘As chair­man and vice chair­man of Mid Ar­gyll HCF, the elected can­di­dates will have an im­por­tant role to play in shap­ing the fu­ture of ser­vices in the lo­cal area.

‘To be el­i­gi­ble for elec­tion to the po­si­tions, peo­ple should live or have a sub­stan­tial in­ter­est in Mid Ar­gyll, for ex­am­ple work­ing or liv­ing lo­cally.

‘If you are in­ter­ested in self nom­i­nat­ing then you must be a reg­is­tered mem­ber of the Ar­gyll and Bute HCF.

‘We aim to in­clude as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in this elec­tion process there­fore any­one who is not a reg­is­tered mem­ber but in­ter­ested in ei­ther po­si­tion may join at the same time as self nom­i­nat­ing.’

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

In­di­vid­u­als who are em­ployed by ei­ther NHS High­land, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil or the Third Sec­tor will not be el­i­gi­ble to self nom­i­nate be­cause of the po­ten­tial for a con­flict of in­ter­est.

Cur­rent mem­bers of the Mid Ar­gyll HCF who fit the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria have al­ready been in­vited to stand for elec­tion with letters invit­ing self nom­i­na­tions mailed out on Fe­bru­ary 3, with a dead­line for re­ceipt of self nom­i­na­tion forms by noon on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 20.

Fol­low­ing the re­ceipt of nom­i­na­tions from in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als the bal­lot pa­pers will be sent out on Mon­day March 6 to mem­bers who fit the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria, with the bal­lot clos­ing at noon on Mon­day April 3.

An in­de­pen­dent wit­ness will over­see the open­ing and count­ing of the bal­lot pa­pers.

All can­di­dates will be no­ti­fied of the out­come on the same day and the re­sults will be pub­lished on the HSCP web­site on Tues­day April 4.

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