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On 23rd February 2017, Community Ambassadors were invited to come together and hear about four projects that have benefited from the input and involvement of their peers.

Attendees were seated at tables hosted by both a Community Ambassador and a staff member to informally discuss the projects they were involved in together.

The tables focused on the following projects:

Innovation Conference

Hosted by Community Ambassador: Valerie Fabry and Associate Director of Communications and Engagement: Sharon Ward.  The idea for the Innovation Conference came from Valerie, who wanted to create an opportunity for members of the public and community groups, to put forward ideas that could make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of local people.  Valerie, together with Sharon, explained the journey so far, from concept through planning and invited Community Ambassadors to come along on the day.  Those attending as part of the audience would be part of deciding where the money will be spent.

Continuing Health Care

Hosted by Community Ambassador: Ian Penfold and Project Manager: Laura-Jane Osbaldeston, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning group.  NHS continuing healthcare is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS, for individuals who are not in hospital and have been assessed as having a "primary health need".  Recently the team within the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, who provide these services for the whole of Hampshire, have been updating and adapting the letters that go out to the public throughout the application process.  Community Ambassadors were invited to take part in this exercise and were able to offer the patient perspective on the content.  These comments and ideas were collated and built into the letters now to be used.

Primary Care

Hosted by Community Ambassador: Ian Scott and Out of Hospital Care Project Manager: Andy Lyons. The Primary Care Survey was distributed at the end of 2016 and generated over 500 responses from local people, commenting on how they would like to see General Practices (GP surgeries) work in their area in the future.   Ian has been assisting in collating and analysing the comments that were returned.  This information will be used going forward, to shape the plans for changes to General Practices in your areas.

Supporting Carers

Hosted jointly by Community Ambassadors: Subrat Sunger and Chris Shaverin and Partnerships Managers: Gillian Trippner.  The CCG has been working in partnership with Healthwatch Hampshire to discover how carers can be better supported across our communities.  The results of these focus groups and surveys have produced a report which is now being actioned and added too with further views.  Subrat and Chris, carers themselves, have been involved in this project since the outset and were able to explain how they feel they’ve been able to contribute directly.  The latest survey is included in the link below; if you would like to take part or would like to spread this through your networks. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8N8NRHF  The survey is asking carers what services would look like, which will help the CCG in looking at what support it should be buying for carers in the future.

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