Integration Joint Board - become a representative

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The Integration Joint Board (IJB) are looking to recruit a carer representative who will represent the views of unpaid carers. An unpaid carer is a person, of any age, who provides unpaid help and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who can't manage to live independently without help.

The role involves engaging with, and gathering views from, other unpaid carers. Using this and your own experience to give the perspective of carers to the work of the IJB on the future of health and social care services in Aberdeenshire.

As a carer representative you should have, or have had, an unpaid caring role and be able to represent both your views and the views of other carers. You should have an understanding of health and social care services and an interest in the decision making process.

This section explains the role of a carer representative in the work of Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP):

Role of a carer representative

The carer representative is a stakeholder member of the IJB. This means that you are able to comment on and influence decision making, but are a non-voting member. The role is to make sure the voice of unpaid carers is heard in all aspects of service planning and delivery in AHSCP.

You will reflect the views of unpaid carers on the IJB. You must be able to demonstrate the appropriate experience and skill to reflect the breadth and diversity of views of unpaid carers.

There is an initial probation period of one year. After completing the probation period, the position will be extended for up to two years. After this the position will be reviewed.

You should live in Aberdeenshire and be able to prepare for, travel to and go to meetings regularly. You should be able to communicate via email. 

You will be reimbursed for travel and agreed out of pocket expenses.

There are some standards of conduct that will apply to your role and you might need a disclosure check or to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

You will be given induction training. This training includes:

Tasks you will be expected to do

You will be expected to go to the monthly IJB meetings. These are usually held on a Wednesday afternoon at 1.30pm in Aberdeen.

Papers are circulated before IJB meetings for discussion. You will be expected to read these papers, prepare and respond to questions as a representative of unpaid carers.

If you volunteer for any sub-groups you will be expected to go to these meetings. These would be held at a mutually agreeable date, time and venue.

You will be expected to make contact and continually engage with other unpaid carers. Representing their views in a balanced, objective way.

You will be expected to take part in the planning and monitoring of the IJB’s strategic plan, priorities and budgets as required by legislation.

You will be given induction training to make sure you are able to do your duties to the highest standard.

Skills and qualities you need

No formal qualifications are needed.

The following skills and knowledge may be helpful:

  • ability to facilitate and encourage active engagement
  • ability to listen to, and represent the views of, other unpaid carers (even if they are different from your own)
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • confidence in public speaking
  • understanding of the principles and philosophy of the AHSCP strategic plan
  • understanding of the health and social care systems in Aberdeenshire 

Your involvement

Generally, the sort of people we are looking for:

  • have an interest in the AHSCP and health-related issues
  • are able to work in a team and with working groups
  • are able to look at things with an open mind
  • are able to listen to other people’s points of view or experiences

Your role will be to:

  • use your experience to give the perspective of unpaid carers
  • be willing to suggest and influence changes to services or plans
  • take an active role in groups or projects, with our support
  • follow relevant policies and procedures (eg expenses policy for IJB representatives, no smoking policy, equal opportunities, health and safety). We will make sure you have access to these
  • follow rules of confidentiality and not discuss personal or sensitive information outside of meetings. We will ask you to sign a confidentiality agreement
  • take part in an initial induction training session and any other briefings or training sessions as required
  • read papers for meetings before you attend and if unable to attend, give your apologies in good time if possible
  • remember that any contact with the media (newspapers, television, radio) or through social networking will be handled by Aberdeenshire Council’s Corporate Communications
  • give references or complete Scottish Disclosure/PVG Scheme membership documents if we need you to. We will guide you through this process
  • declare any interests, employment or otherwise, which may conflict with your involvement with AHSCP. This will not necessarily stop you joining the board
  • raise any concerns or difficulties with your contact person
  • tell your contact person if you no longer wish to be a representative

Your name may appear on minutes of IJB meetings which are available to the public.

What you can expect from us

As a representative on the IJB, you can expect:

  • support or training and any information you need, free of jargon (or jargon explained), in a format that suits you
  • a named contact person who will give you the support and guidance
  • a clear remit of your responsibilities, including the length of time you are expected to be involved
  • to be introduced to other board members with their jobs and roles explained to you
  • to be treated as an equal partner, with your views taken seriously
  • to be sent meeting papers in your preferred format, at least one week before the meeting
  • to be told what has happened as a result of your involvement
  • to be consulted about decisions which affect you
  • to be able to opt out of anything you don’t feel comfortable with or find stressful
  • to claim your travel and other agreed expenses
  • that your involvement will not impact on your care, treatment or services
  • to be able to step down at any time, knowing that it will not affect any future care, treatment or services
  • your personal information to be kept confidential

How you apply

If you’d like to express your interest in becoming a carer representative on the IJB complete the expression of interest form.

You can express your interest online. Or you can request a copy by calling 01467 537736 or downloading the Expression of interest form (pdf 108KB).

Completed expressions of interest must be returned by Monday 25 September 2017. They can be emailed to integration@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or sent to:

The Strategy and Business Service team
Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Gordon House
Blackhall Road
Inverurie
AB51 3WA

All expressions of interest will be considered. If your application is to be taken further we will advise you of the recruitment process. This may include attending an IJB meeting and an informal interview.

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