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Research Officer – Healthwatch York (Maternity Cover)

Salary: SCP 22 – £20,438 (pro rata)

Hours: 22.5 hours per week

Duration: This post is for maternity cover.

Healthwatch has been set up across England to give patients, people who use services and local communities a strong voice in influencing decisions about health and social care services. Healthwatch York provides this service across the City of York Council area.

Healthwatch York is a small organisation with a wide remit. Our success as a team depends on all staff being flexible, co-operative and supportive of other staff members working in different roles.

We are seeking a dynamic Research Officer to lead our essential research and insight work. This is an exciting opportunity to join a successful organisation to gather local people’s experiences of health and social care services, and communicate these in a way that drives positive change across the health and social care system.

The successful applicant will take the lead on coordinating all research and insight projects for Healthwatch York. You will deliver a wide range of research initiatives aimed at gathering people’s views of health and social care services in York, analysing information received from a variety of sources to identify themes and trends. This will include writing accessible and engaging reports to present our findings, with recommendations that support service improvement inline with people’s feedback.

You will work closely with our Engagement Officer, and provide guidance and support to the Healthwatch York volunteers undertaking research roles.

Previous experience of planning and coordinating research and engagement projects is essential, as is a broad understanding of research methodologies and techniques. You will have sound verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to develop communication materials that are accessible to a variety of audiences. You will have experience of working with diverse communities, passionate about supporting them to get their voice heard across health and social care.

You will need excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively.

You will also need to demonstrate the ability to use IT, including Microsoft Office software and MS Outlook.

The role will be based at York CVS and involve some travel across the city.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Siân Balsom, Manager of Healthwatch York at York CVS (telephone 01904 621133).

For further details please see the job description / person specification and application form below.

Closing date:  4 February 2020

Interviews: 13 February 2020

Website: Twitter: @healthwatchyork 

York CVS is committed to safeguarding and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Relief Childcare Practitioner

£8.75 per hour (Living Wage Foundation)

 We have a vacancy for a highly experienced Childcare Practitioner at our nursery; based at the Priory Street Centre, located in York City Centre. The suitable candidate will be qualified to Level 2 or above with at least one years’ experience of working in a childcare setting.

We are looking for someone who will:

  • be reliable, flexible, and able to work cooperatively with the whole staff team.
  • demonstrate best practice, initiative and creativity, ensuring a high standard of quality childcare and education at all times.
  • interact effectively with all the children through play, teaching and learning experiences.
  • have experience in offering children opportunities and experiences to enhance their learning and development
  • monitor children’s progress and track their development.
  • work in positive partnership with nursery children, their families and outside agencies

For an informal discussion about the role before making an application and/or details on how to apply, please contact Lisa Egginton, Nursery Manager, on 01904 683822 or email

To apply, please download and complete our application form below and send this to our HR department by email as a Word document to  or by post to: HR, York CVS, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET.

Disclosure: This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check

York CVS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people. We believe that all our children deserve a safe, happy and healthy life, we expect staff to share this commitment.

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York CVS is committed to safeguarding and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.