IRISi is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2017 as the social enterprise responsible for sustaining and expanding the rollout of IRIS, a successful programme which had already been running across the UK for almost a decade. We work to promote and improve the healthcare response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV), an issue that disproportionately affects women and girls.
Our Vision is a world in which gender-based violence is consistently recognised and addressed as a health issue.
Our Mission is to promote and improve the healthcare response to gender-based violence by working side by side with health and specialist services.
- We are collaborative and work in partnership.
- We are committed to improving practice and to delivering high-quality services.
- We are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion, and to cultivating a sense of belongingness.
- We are passionate and devoted to our cause.
- ·We believe that hope, strength and resilience are the foundation of our work.
Our Programmes: IRIS and ADViSE
Our flagship programme, IRIS, was developed to improve the general practice response to domestic abuse (DA). The programme was evaluated in a randomised controlled trial between 2007 and 2010 and is tested and proven effective as an intervention for women patients aged 16+ who are experiencing or have experienced DA. Since the trial, we have worked to sustain and expand the rollout of IRIS which is now widely commissioned across the UK and the Channel Islands.
ADViSE is our second programme and adapted IRIS for sexual health clinics. ADViSE encompasses all patients, regardless of their sex or gender identity, and responds to Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse (D&SVA).
What do we do and how do we do it?
IRISi works to develop and deliver evidence-based and ground-breaking interventions, aiming to ensure holistic support to victims and survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse (D&SVA), issues that disproportionately affect women and girls.
We are a second-tier social enterprise, working side by side to provide services and support to other organisations, rather than delivering front-line services. Our models rely on collaboration between healthcare professionals and third-sector GBV services.
Why should you become an IRISi Board Director?
Board directors are people entrusted to ensure that an organisation works in the best interests of its mission, staff, and beneficiaries. IRISi is a not-for-profit social enterprise and a company limited by guarantee. Board members are ultimately responsible for everything the organisation does and must act in the interests of the organisation and not themselves.
Our current Board has four members who have a mix of experience including clinical, business, healthcare management and start-up support. Members are based across England and Wales, and we have an equal gender balance.
Who are we looking for?
To enable our Board to have a broad range of skills and experiences, we are particularly interested to speak to people with experience/expertise in:
- Policy development.
- Financial management for social enterprises.
- Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse second-tier organisation.
- English health and social care commissioning.
How to apply?
We have created a full recruitment pack so you can access all the information you might need before applying. All the instructions on how to apply are in the pack, so please click on the link above to download it.
We are also happy to meet with interested candidates who would like to know more about IRISi and join the board. Please contact Sally Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange an informal conversation with either our Chief Executive or Board Chair.
Closing date for applications: 9.00 am on 12th June 2023.
We will review all applications and invite successful applicants for a 1 hour online interview with a panel including the Board Chair and Chief Executive. The outcome of the interview will be shared within 1 week of the Board interview.
Thank you for your interest in joining our Board!