Leeds NHS thanks volunteers for shaping local health services on International Volunteers Day

For this year’s International Volunteers Day (Saturday 5 December), NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is thanking volunteers for supporting the local NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tim Ryley, Chief Executive of NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers whose hard work and dedication makes such a positive difference to our local NHS.

“From our CCG volunteers and our patient participation group members who support all the GP practices in the city to the thousands of volunteers who stepped up to help the city during the coronavirus pandemic, their role has been absolutely vital in shaping health services.”

“Over the last year, in spite of the pandemic, CCG volunteers have been involved in over 40 different activities and currently sit on 18 different project groups, including work to develop mental health, cancer and primary care services.”

Yvonne, a CCG volunteer, says: “I think the role is brilliant, I enjoy it because I’m involved in the whole process and I get to see the CCG working with different organisations like Leeds City Council and third sector organisations with the real beneficiaries being the people of Leeds.”

As well as having its own group of volunteers, the CCG also supports patient participation groups, who work alongside their GP practice to improve the patient experience and support practices to meet the needs of their patients. During the pandemic, many have helped keep members connected, organising online exercise classes, socially distanced ‘drive way’ catch-ups. They’ve also supported their practices by helping out at drive-thru flu vaccination clinics.

If you want to help out and get involved, why not join your local PPG? Contact your GP practice and they can help get you started. Find out more about PPGs on our website:  https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/getting-more-involved/patient-participation-group/

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