An innovative partnership between Humber NHS Foundation Trust and a Bridlington GP surgery has been created to recruit patients to become health champions in the local community.
The Practice Health Champion programme creates new volunteer opportunities, working alongside local GPs, nurses and other health professionals.
It has been launched in and is open to people who are registered with Wolds View Primary Care Centre at Bridlington Hospital, and two other surgeries in the East Riding. Natalie Belt, programme manager for Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an exciting project, supported by The Big Lottery and the Altogether Better programme, and we are delighted to be one of the pilot sites in this region.
“Within General practice we have a patient skill set that is often far more dynamic and interesting than you’ll find in any board room or government office. Getting to the heart of the communities we serve will help people influence decision making and improve local services. Sharing a vision and a voice is the key to this project.”
The project follows a similar scheme in Leeds in which volunteers helped to promote local health services, create new initiatives and set up patient-led groups. Projects included everything from a knitting group and gardening sessions to mother and toddler workshops and it is hoped similar projects will be launched in the East Riding.
If you are registered with Wolds View and would like any further information, contact the Humber NHS Foundation Trust us on 0800 9177752 or email email@example.com