In Surrey, health and social care work together in a joint programme to better identify and support unpaid carers, which is lead by the Surrey Carers Partnership Group.
A key aim of the Group is to ensure the achievement of Surrey’s Carers Strategy 2021-24 vision, including that: “Surrey should be a place where carers are recognised, valued, and supported, both in their caring role and as an individual. Carers will be respected as partners in care, will have a strong voice that influences improvement, and will be able to access the support they need, when they need it, and in the way that works best for them.”
There are two Co-chairs of the Surrey Carers Partnership Group, and they are currently seeking a carer to take on one of these roles.
The Co-chair role will aim to:
- Work with the Board to ensure the carer strategies are being delivered
- That the interests of carers remain at the heart of decision making
- That the voice of carers is heard in the planning and delivery of services.
- Understanding of carers’ experiences, ideally with lived experience of caring
- Have an interest in or experience of helping to improve services and support for carers
- Be able to contribute confidently and respectfully to discussions
- Whilst using their insight, skills, and experience to support the process, they will adopt and maintain an objective approach
- Be aware of and committed to pro-actively addressing equality, diversity and inclusion, and health inequalities
- Understand the importance of and respect confidentiality
- Interest in local and county-wide community issues
- Commitment to empowering and facilitating user voice
- The ability to accept accountability, and probe and challenge constructively
- Confidence to question information and explanations supplied by others, who may be experts in their field
- Confidence in using and access to IT, or a willingness to receive appropriate support as needed
- Experience of participating in meetings.
The role is for a two year period, and will involve four meetings a year. It’s a voluntary role, but full expenses are paid.
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