Independent Chair & Directors

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove

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Healthwatch Brighton & Hove is a social enterprise with powers and responsibilities and is the official watchdog for health and social care in the city. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how important our work is, ensuring that patient, user and citizen views and experience is kept in the forefront of policies and services.

We are currently seeking Directors to join our existing Board and in addition a Chair. Our current Chair will end her term in 2021 and building on the achievements and progress to date, we wish to appoint a new Chair who can continue the growth and success of Healthwatch Brighton and Hove.

We are in exciting and challenging times with Covid still with us, health and care services trying to recover, a Health and Care Bill on the horizon and funding for social care to be resolved. This is an ideal time for our directors and Chair to shape the next era of Healthwatch Brighton and Hove.

Deadline Friday 8th October


As a director, you will need to be a team player and strategic thinker, with good communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to speak up on behalf of Healthwatch on issues that are important. To complement the experience of our current Board, we would particularly welcome applications from those with a financial background, knowledge, and experience in public relations and communications. However, do not be deterred from applying if you do not possess these specialisms.

As a Chair, you will have knowledge of the health and care agenda, strategic vision, and a passion for championing users views and experience, along with excellent leadership and communication skills and experience of leading a Board.


  • A chance to improve the health and social care services in our city.
  • The chance to expand your networks and meet new people.
  • Experience for your CV, if that interests you.

When do I need to be available?

Details Chair - an average of 5-7 hours a week spread over the year for Board meetings, other representative commitments and organisational support. Directors - attending at least 3 annual board meetings (out of 6) and time for reading/prep documents. Ideally available for more involvement in supporting the staff team and individual projects. Term: 3 years; plus a further 3 years by mutual agreement with Board.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Community Base
113 Queens Road

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Full out-of-pocket expenses paid
  • Health and Safety
    Full compliance
  • Induction
    Generic and role-specific training provided
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
    Public liability and professional indemnity covered
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
    Support from current chair and directors
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
    Work can be done remotely and meeting held in fully accessible premises.
  • Training
    Opportunity for training as required