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Shaping County Durham's health provision

Published October 20, 2020 12.21pm

Could you play a key role in helping to shape health provision in County Durham?

We are looking for a resident to serve on its Adults, Wellbeing and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) as a non-voting, co-optee.

About the role 

A co-optee refers to someone who is not an elected member of the council or council officer but is a member of a scrutiny committee. They would use their expertise, personal knowledge and experience to play a key role in supporting the council and its partners in developing and delivering health services across the county.

The committee has six scheduled meetings every year which the co-optee would be required to attend, starting at 9.30am and usually concluding around 11.30am. Currently, they are being held virtually so the successful applicant would need to have access to IT equipment and the internet to be able to participate.

There are also opportunities for applicants to be involved in special meetings and additional focused pieces of work should they wish to do so.

Considering a range of issues 

During the past year, the committee has considered a wide range of issues, including the response to the coronavirus pandemic, the future of services currently provided at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital, and the work of the North East Ambulance Service.

Applicants will go through a formal selection process involving an interview with council members.

Once appointed, the role will continue until May 2022 when a refresh of non-voting co-optees will be undertaken.

For more information, or to apply, email

Help to develop services

Rosemary Hassoon, the current serving non-voting co-optee on the Adults, Wellbeing and Health OSC, said: "I have found that by using my own experience and knowledge, and by asking questions, I have been able to challenge decisions and help develop health care provision in the county. I have always felt that the contributions I have made during meetings have been valued and I have always been treated with respect by members of the committee, Durham County Council officers and NHS colleagues. I would strongly recommend anyone with an interest in health provision in the county to apply."

Cllr John Robinson, Chair of the Adults, Wellbeing and Health OSC, said: "The Adults, Wellbeing and Health OSC considers a wide range of issues and we welcome all contributions. We want to hear from as many people as possible in order to develop and deliver the best services for all our residents, both at present and in the future.

"The non-voting co-optee plays a key role in shaping provision across County Durham. If you have expertise, personal knowledge or experience, or an interest in influencing how these services are developed, I would strongly encourage you to apply for the role."

Applicants are required to submit completed application forms by 20 November 2020.

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