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What does a People Champion do?

A People Champion is a patient or member of the public who volunteers to work with us on a specific piece of work.  The People Champion brings their lived experience, skills, knowledge and commitment, providing a lay perspective to the planning, development and commissioning of health services. Some People Champions represent groups of patients and carers, some share experience of specific health conditions, some represent particular localities or communities in the county, and all provide a user voice in their roles.

We are committed to working with People Champions as part of our day to day patient, carer and public participation approach. Our key principles include:

Image of group of people champions of various ages and genders smiling at the camera, pictured with CEO James Rimmer.
  • Encouraging a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and skills to be involved as People Champions   
  • Valuing, managing and supporting People Champions in their roles  
  • Being clear about our expectations of People Champions and what we can offer  
  • Reimbursing out of pocket expenses to enable People Champions to participate  
  • Providing a framework for People Champions and our staff to manage issues to do with confidentiality, sensitive information, accountability and integrity  

We have People Champions on many of our committees, for example:

  • Governing Body
  • End of Life and Palliative Care Clinical Programme Group  
  • Primary Care Joint Commissioning Committee
  • Somerset Digital People Champions Group
  • Prescribing and Medicines Management Group.

How to become a People Champion

Sign up by downloading an application form and returning it to our engagement team. Read the volunteer policy which explains more detail. If you would like to discuss the role further please email us on somccg.engagement@nhs.net or call 01935 384022.