Community Health Ambassadors
We introduced a community health ambassador scheme to link us with local people and communities on health issues, to help plan and develop health services and broaden our participation.
We have already recruited around 30 ambassadors to share messages and connect us with local people and we are now developing this team of volunteers further by working with our stakeholders, neighbouring CCGs and in particular a local college to build our relationship with students and using their networks to help engage younger people. 170
Our 170+ members of our patient network also help us to connect with local people and communities.
What do community health ambassadors do?
Ambassadors are local people who, within their own community or organisation, and dependent on their availability and interest, can share information on NHS campaigns or health service developments.
SInce the scheme started our ambassadors have distributed Stay Well This Winter leaflets, consultation information on Hemel Hempstead Urgent Treatment Centre and West Herts Medical Centre together with NHS 70 pledge cards to diverse networks such as healthy walking groups, dementia cafes, Christmas markets and nursery / play groups and through local radio. They also help to share invitations to meetings and events.
Ambassadors also act as a way to feedback into the CCG’s commissioning plans. Our ambassadors represent and connect us with organisations such as Crossroads Care, support groups, Herts HealthWalks, Age UK Hertfordshire, community navigators, orthodontists, carers hubs, home care provider, Guidepost Trust and patient groups. The connection is then broadened through their clients, service users and networks.
Alan Bellinger, Community Health Ambassador “Being a Herts Valleys Health Ambassador means that I am able to help people to improve their wellbeing and enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyle. In short – it’s time well spent!”
John Wigley, Community Health Ambassador: “I volunteered to be a Health Ambassador to let people know about the many services that the local NHS provides for them."
Interested in find out more? For an informal chat, contact Heather Aylward on 01442 898885 or firstname.lastname@example.org