Who are the Healthcare Change Makers?
The role of Healthcare Change Makers is to bring an influential patient voice into the shaping of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire health and social care and wellbeing services. Through the understanding and experiences of Healthcare Change Makers, they have the ability to scrutinise, discuss and influence change to improve the healthcare journey for patients and families.
Bristol Community Health, North Bristol NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust jointly invested in a patient and community leadership programme in 2016. The intended outcome for the programme is to create a new collaborative relationship between the heath care ‘system’ and the communities in which it operates in line with the NHS Five Year Forward View.
The patient leadership training that took place between October 2016 and February 2017 intended to equip members of the public with the knowledge, confidence and skills to build relationships with and influence health care decision makers, senior managers and clinicians to support integration and new ways of working.
Following the patient and community leadership training programme, the public participants, referred to as ‘Healthcare Change Makers’ came together with the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Leads to create the Healthcare Change Maker forum. The forum provides a space for the coming together of the Healthcare Change Makers as a real life resource for shaping the future of health and wellbeing in our communities.