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Moray Integration Joint Board (IJB) seeking new representatives

By Jonathan Clark

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A BOARD that has responsibility for overseeing planning and development services managed by Health and Social Care Moray is seeking new representatives.

The Moray Integration Joint Board (IJB) is seeking to recruit people with a keen interest in health and social care to help steer its work to achieve best health, best care and best value services in partnership with the local community.

There is an opportunity for two individuals to join the board as non-voting members.

One role involves championing people with lived experience of accessing health and care services, while the other is focused on representing the interests of third sector organisations involved in providing health or social care activities.

The IJB has responsibility for overseeing the strategic planning and development of services managed by Health & Social Care Moray, a partnership between Moray Council and NHS Grampian.

The partnership provides health, social work, social care and justice services for children and adults, including older people.

The board is made up of voting members representing Moray Council and Grampian NHS Board, along with non-voting members representing the third sector, unpaid carers, people with lived experience of services and the workforce.

The new appointees will continue the work of Val Thatcher and Graham Hilditch, who recently stepped down from their roles as service user and third sector representatives, respectively.

Dennis Robertson, chairman of the Moray IJB, said: “We recognise the importance of working together in the development of services for the people of Moray.

"The service user and third sector champions are key to ensuring that the voices of people with experience of using health and social care and delivering activities within the third sector are heard at board level and informs our work.

“I also wish to take the opportunity to thank our previous representatives, Val and Graham, who contributed their time and expertise to the Board, and brought invaluable insight.”

Councillor Tracy Colyer, who takes over as IJB chairwoman in April, said: “We very much value the benefits of having members of the board with different experiences, backgrounds and points of view to contribute.

"I would encourage people to consider applying for these two important roles.”

The IJB holds formal business meetings six times a year in the chambers within the Moray Council HQ in Elgin, with the option to attend virtually. It also has two committees and holds regular development sessions.

Appointment to the voluntary positions will be through completion of a short application form and interview. The application deadline is 5pm on Friday, March 8, 2024, with interviews scheduled for Thursday, March 28.

To request a role description and application form, please email gram.hscmcorporate@nhs.scot. More information on the IJB can be found on the Health & Social Care Moray website https://hscmoray.co.uk/index.html

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