Volunteer ‘Community Health Champions’ are being sought by NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to help to improve health and healthcare in their areas.

They will make a substantial impact on the future of health services in Fylde and Wyre by sharing their own feedback and the experiences of the wider community, and saying what is working well and what services need to be improved.

The CCG is working in partnership with UR Potential – a non-profit organisation which supports community development – to recruit volunteers. The Community Health Champions will act as a direct link between local communities and the NHS, helping to shape future services and improve existing ones.

UR Potential will provide extensive training in volunteering, peer mentoring and role-specific training for those who wish to take part.

People who become a Community Health Champion will benefit from:

  • Free training in local venues
  • Learning more about health issues and local support services
  • Meeting new people in their community
  • Providing a voice for their local community to better ensure health and care services meet the needs of those who need them

Anyone living in the Fylde and Wyre area can apply for one of these roles. An already existing interest in health services is not necessarily essential.

Amanda Bate, community engagement manager at NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who lives in Fylde and Wyre to improve the experience of patients, carers and families who use local health services.  NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG places patients at the centre of everything we do.  People’s experiences are important to us and volunteers offer a very valuable contribution to ensuring that we meet the ambitious aspirations of our 2030 Vision.”

Christine Carty, volunteer coordinator from UR Potential added: “This is a really exciting opportunity for local residents to not only gain training, knowledge and experience in this area, but to make a really positive contribution to the future of health services for their family, friends and neighbours.”

To find out more about these volunteer roles please contact Christine directly on 07460 131188, 01253 344398 or email ccg@urpotential.co.uk.

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Notes to editors

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people acrossapproximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government – around £200million in 2014/15 – and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available through NHS Choices:www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Yourchoices/allaboutchoice/Pages/Allaboutchoice.aspx
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient:www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Affiliate Scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  • For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk