A scheme aiming to recruit project champions who will signpost patients to relevant support services. The project champion will also recruit and support patient champions (volunteers) to develop their own self-management groups.
This engagement project will introduce the community health champion model to patients and voluntary sector representatives in NHS Leeds West CCG and will ask them to share their thoughts and ideas.
Feedback from patients and professionals suggested that they were generally happy with the proposal to develop GP practice community health champions. People were pleased that the NHS and the voluntary sector would be working together and welcomed a single point of referral. Most of the participants warned that duplication of services is a risk to the project. It was also suggested that deprived areas may need additional support in developing volunteer self-management groups.
This report makes a series of recommendations to clinicians and commissioners developing the proposal for a community health champion scheme. The report recognises the essential role of the voluntary sector and recommends that voluntary sector representatives play a key part in the development of the project. The report also recommends that the patient champion has an excellent understanding of the voluntary sector and is a skilled motivator. A recommendation is also made to ensure that waiting times are reduced for patients wanting to access the programme.
This consultation ran between: 15/10/13 – 01/11/13