Associate Lay Member

Hemel Hempstead
Up to £10,000
13 Jan 2021
12 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Part Time
Role Summary

NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was created in 2013 to organise the delivery of healthcare to 627,000 people living in west Hertfordshire.

CCGs are made up of our local GPs and other healthcare professionals and are responsible for ‘commissioning’ â€" planning, designing and paying for your NHS services. We work to help people stay well and to improve NHS services to meet the needs of local patients.

We work with local health and social care organisations, patients and residents to make decisions about how our budget of £917 million is spent and how services are provided.

We contract with a range of different providers to deliver services. These include planned and emergency hospital care, rehabilitation, most community services, general practice and mental health and learning disability services.

We oversee how services are provided to make sure services are of a high quality, easy for patients to access and are joined up with other services that look after people.

We are part of Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) made up of Herts Valleys, East and North Herts and West Essex CCGs. We are planning to become one CCG in April 2022.

Our governing body is made up of clinicians, executives, patient representatives and four lay members.

We want our board membership and its regular attendees to reflect the diversity of the population we serve and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, especially from underrepresented groups, including people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

This is a developmental opportunity and the post holder will be working alongside the Lay Members of the CCG board, being mentored and supported within their role. Previous board experience is therefore not required.

We are seeking to appoint an associate lay member who is willing to learn and develop their board skills to play a role in contributing to the development of an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) in west Hertfordshire.

This is an exciting developmental opportunity for an Associate Lay member to work alongside the four other Lay Members helping to provide additional rigour, challenge and assurance to the decision making processes of the CCG, ensuring that the voices and views of our public, patients, users carers and unrepresented groups are heard and understood, and as far as possible are met, through west Hertfordshire’s strategic and commissioning plans. The post holder will also be expected to build and maintain relationships with diverse community organisations and stakeholders, providers of services, Healthwatch, Local Authorities, NHS England and other partners with whom we work.

The successful candidate will work with and shadow individual Lay Members on the HVCCG board who currently have the following role specific elements:
  • Lead for delegated commissioning of primary care medical services with NHS England and chair of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee
  • Lead for patient and public engagement and Chair of the CCG’s Patient and Public Involvement Committee
  • Lead for governance and chair of the CCG’s Audit Committee
  • CCG Deputy Chair and also Chair of the Quality and Performance Committee

Main Duties of the associate lay member role
  • Attend board meetings, appropriate board committees and Integrated Care Partnership meetings.
  • Develop excellent relationships and work collaboratively with partner organisations.
  • Commit to working to, and encouraging the highest standards of probity, integrity and governance.
  • Augment the independent voice, providing checks and balances to the evolving ICP activity.
  • Bring independent judgement and experience and apply this to the benefit of the CCG, its stakeholders and wider community.
  • Assist CCG colleagues in providing leadership within a framework of prudent and effective controls.
  • Contribute to making sure that the CCG has effective arrangements in place to ensure that the views and voice of its membership, local people, patients, users, and carers, marginalised groups group are listened to and as far as possible, acted upon.
  • Contribute to making sure that the CCG feeds back openly and honestly to its membership, public and patients as to how we have changed commissioned services in response to their views, and that we also say where and why we have been unable to act upon their views.
  • Contribute to ensuring that the interests of patients and the community remain at the heart of discussions and decisions;
  • Contribute to making ensure that the CCG and the wider system acts in the best interests of the local population at all times.
  • Contribute to making sure that the CCG commissions the highest quality services and best possible outcomes for its patients within its resource allocation.

Core Attributes and Competencies for an associate lay member
  • Experience of and/or commitment to tackling health inequalities and lived experience of marginalised communities detailed in the Protected Characteristics of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Commitment to tackling health inequalities and lived experience of marginalised groups.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to continuously improving outcomes, tackling health inequalities and delivering the best value for money for the taxpayer.
  • Embrace effective governance, accountability and stewardship of public money and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of good scrutiny.
  • Demonstrate commitment to clinical commissioning, the CCG and to the wider interests of the health and care system.
  • Commit to ensuring that the board remains “in tune” with local stakeholders.
  • Commitment to upholding the NHS principles and values as set out in the NHS Constitution.
  • Awareness of and commitment to upholding The Nolan Principles of Public Life along with an ability to reflect them in his/her role and the culture of the CCG.
  • Commit to ensuring that the organisation values diversity and promotes equality and inclusivity in all aspects of its business.
  • Consider social care principles and promote health and social care integration where this is in the patients’ best interest.

Bring to the organisation:
  • Patient and Community Focus

Commitment to patients, carers and the community, especially to marginalised groups
  • Strategic Direction

The ability to think and plan ahead, balancing needs and constraints
  • Holding to Account

The ability to probe and challenge constructively
  • Effective Influencing and Communication

The ability to influence and persuade others
  • Team Working

Be committed to working as a team member
  • Self-belief and Drive

The motivation to improve NHS services
  • Intellectual Flexibility

The ability to think clearly and creatively

Specific Attributes and competencies for associate lay member
  • An interest in the NHS and the challenges we face and in securing or supporting improvements for patients or the wider public.
  • Able to think strategically, and to challenge constructively as a supportive regular attendee of the board.
  • Sufficient experience and ability to enable them to express informed views about matters of public interest and good communication skills.
  • Awareness of the local arrangements for listening and responding to the voices of patients, carers and patient organisations.
  • Understand effective involvement and engagement techniques
  • Applicants should live in or near to the Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS area and should not be associated with any particular arm of healthcare provision.