|[17 JUL 98]
WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Seeking Lay Assessors
County council inspectors who check over residential care homes have
launched an appeal for members of the public to join their team.
Warwickshire Social Services' Inspection Services team is
looking for ten volunteer lay assessors - three in South Warwickshire, three in Rugby, two
in Warwick and Leamington, and two in North Warwickshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth - to go
with officers as they inspect elderly people's homes, children's homes and other
Lay assessors contribute to public reports on the homes
inspected, focussing particularly on the views of people living in the home and their
quality of life.
Principal Registration and Inspection Officer John Sawyer
"Lay assessors are important because they give us the
public's perspective of an inspection. They look at things in the way most people in
society do. We already have a very good team of lay assessors but we need more
people to join them.
"We are looking for people who can represent the views
of the people in residential care; it may be that they use care services themselves or
have friends or relatives who use them. We need people who have the time and
commitment to work as volunteers."
Lay assessors' duties include going on inspection visits,
reporting their findings to the Registration and Inspection Officer, contributing to the
inspection report and commenting on how Inspection Services inspects homes. Lay
assessors are unpaid but they receive expenses.
Anyone interested in becoming a lay assessor should contact
Mandeep Bains at:
The Old Clink
off Market Place
Warwick CV34 4SJ
MORE INFORMATION: Sara Hurst 01926