‘Health Champion’ role details revealed

Charlotte Linsell with her runner up award, with Coun Alan Caine ENGEMN00120130612135255
Charlotte Linsell with her runner up award, with Coun Alan Caine ENGEMN00120130612135255
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The role of West Lindsey District Council’s ‘Health Champion’ has been detailed in a council report.

In May, Caistor Town and District Councillor Alan Caine received the appointment as part of the council’s ‘Health Agenda’.

Council leader Jeff Summers said Coun Caine was most suited to the role, likening him to a ‘tiger’ for his ability to ferret through the issues and facts concerning health.

A report for the Prosperous Communities Committee says Coun Caine has been appointed to Louth Healthwatch, Lincolnshire Wolds Community Countryside Management Project, Wolds Community Transport Association, West Lindsey Community Safety Partnership, Lincoln Carers Partnership and the District Health & Wellbeing Network.

“These appointments have been agreed at full council. They are all related to health matters and are complimentary to the role. The reason for the role is to ensure that there is consistency on all of these groups on the subject of health,” it said.

“The role of Health Champion does not receive any Special Responsibility Allowance and does not give any executive powers to make decisions on behalf of WLDC,” it said.

“In practice the role is wide ranging and involves working with a range of officers and members to co-ordinate activity and information.”

The report also says Health is the legal responsibilty of the Prosperous Communities Committee and the council’s ‘Health Agenda is complex’.