Our new Healthcare Change Makers have now completed training and have started working with health professionals to help shape the delivery of healthcare services across the city. This group of local people have personal experience of health services and are committed to delivering positive change to healthcare provision in Bristol.
The Change Makers training programme has equipped them with a wide range of skills that they’ll need to collaborate effectively with decision-makers within the NHS. They will now take part in regular Healthcare Change Makers forums where they’ll prioritise areas for action, collaborate with local healthcare professionals on health and social care planning and support each other.
As Don, one of our Change Makers, explains: “We want to encourage health commissioners, line managers and any professionals to reflect and explore thinking outside of their comfort zone. I hope we can influence more joined-up support between health and social care.”
“We know that those people who have experience of healthcare in Bristol, whether as a patient or carer, have the best understanding of what could be done better,” says Nick Dean from our Patient and Public Empowerment Team and the programme’s coordinator. “By bringing these 16 individuals together, and equipping them with the tools they need, we can finally implement change that will have real positive impact for patients who access healthcare in Bristol.”
The second Healthcare Change makers forum is in May. Watch this space for more news coming soon…
Don, centre, with his fellow Healthcare Change Makers