Patients Advocacy Service (SL)

Charity registered in Scotland SC041185

The Patients Advocacy Service works in a unique environment with some of the most vulnerable people within the mental health system. We aim to provide information, support and assistance to as many of the patients living in the State Hospital as possible.

Current opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Patients’ Advocacy Service who is based in The State Hospital. PAS is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. We are looking to recruit new Board members to participate in the governance and achievement of the strategic objectives of the organisation. The current Board has a diverse combination of skills and experiences, candidates with a background in finance, mental health, human resources and current or previous voluntary sector experience would be particularly welcomed. PAS provides an independent, highly skilled, responsible and professionally run service within The State Hospital, whilst observing the safety and security. The service works within the hospital and promotes patients as individuals. We aim to give the patients a voice to have their views respected, their voices heard, to support and to enable patients to be fully informed and involved in decisions regarding their care and treatment. Our service works with those from across Scotland and Northern Ireland, we have a number of ethnicities, religions, abilities and ages. We wish to diversify the board to ensure all voices are represented. If you have the time, the skills and the passion to make a difference to this marginalised group of individuals, please reach out to us for an informal chat. Some of the duties board members are expected to take part in are to attend board meetings; ensure good governance of the organisation; contribute to policies, development and strategy of the service; foster positive working relationships with the PAS team and State Hospital colleagues; oversee the current service and development of future projects; actively participate in staff recruitment where appropriate and contribute proactively to the Board in reaching quality decisions. Our current board has a diverse range of skills and experiences. Our service caters for patients across Scotland and Northern Ireland so we would welcome applicants from all areas. We would appreciate all applications however, those with a background or experience in the third sector, finance, human resources or mental health would be particularly welcome. Personal qualities include being positive, open minded, a team player and passionate.