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Community Health Ambassadors

Here at NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) 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 CCG and in particular a local college to build our relationship with students and using their networks to help engage younger people.

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.

Recently our ambassadors 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.  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 Health Walks, 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.

The information is supplied by Herts Valleys.

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

01442 898885 heather.aylward@nhs.net

Read the ambassador's term of reference here

 

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