Our voluntary and community sector
Community Champions is a public health initiative that builds on the skills and knowledge of local communities by bringing local people and services together to improve health and wellbeing and to reduce inequalities.
The Community Champions projects work with the CCG to run two health campaigns a year, which provides enhanced opportunities for us to engage with hard to reach communities, particularly with those who experience poor health outcomes.
From October 2018 – February 2019, the Community Champions projects have delivered Winter Health messages to local residents within West London at various events and activities with the aim to:
- Increase awareness of NHS 111
- Promote GP extended hours
- Increase uptake of flu vaccination
- Encourage use of local pharmacies
- Raise awareness around self-care
BME Health Forum
As part of our patient and public engagement we commission the BME Health Forum to support marginalised communities to engage and influence local health care provision.
It serves as a medium and forum for health professionals and commissioners to understand the needs of marginalised patients, thereby improving health outcomes for patients from BME background.
The BME Health Forum holds quarterly meetings and regular focus groups for the CCG to engage with local BME voluntary organisations and patients in order to hear their views and feed in to a variety of CCG services.
The BME Health Forum works with the CCG to:
Identify barriers to healthcare access for BME communities.
- Support to BME communities to engage with the commissioning and monitoring of NHS services.
- Meaningful dialogue between BME communities, commissioners and providers is increased.
- Demonstrate the impact of project on community groups and individuals through evidence based analysis
Notes of the previous BME Health Forum quarterly meetings here