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 will introduce the community health champion model to patients and voluntary sector representatives in NHS Leeds West CCG. It will ask them to share their thoughts and ideas.
Feedback suggests that they are 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. Also welcoming a single point of referral. Most of the participants warned that duplication of services is a risk to the project. People in areas of deprivation 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. It recommends that voluntary sector representatives play a key part in the development of the project. The report also recommends that the patient champions have an excellent understanding of the voluntary sector and are keen motivators. A recommendation is also made to ensure that waiting times are reduced for patients wanting to access the programme.