NHS calls on patients to get involved
NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and Stockton based voluntary development agency Catalyst have joined forces to raise awareness and celebrate the success of the Community Health Ambassadors project during Patient Participation Awareness Week.
The Community Health Ambassadors project launched eighteen months ago has successfully recruited a team of committed and passionate volunteers who are working with communities in Hartlepool and Stockton, seeking patient views and ensuring they have a real say in how local health services are run.
They have spoken to over 500 patients in eighteen months and want to use Patient Participation Week to encourage even more to get involved.
Dr Boleslaw Posmyk, Chair, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG said, ‘We have a fantastic team of ambassadors who are dedicated to listening to the voice of patients. The project is going from strength to strength and feedback from patients really does make a difference to the decisions we make as commissioners of local health services. They also play a great role in raising awareness of health issues and informing local people about changes to health services such as recent changes to urgent care.’
Nathan Duff, Catalyst – “It’s really inspiring to work with local volunteers who are passionate about improving NHS health services for some of our most diverse communities where good quality personalised care and improved accessibility can be really life changing. The past 18 months have been extremely rewarding for those involved and we are looking forward to engaging GP Patient Participant Groups and local councillors over the coming months to raise awareness of the project.
The project is forging close links with local patient participation groups. Every GP practice should have one and if you would like to get involved in yours speak to your local GP practice manager.