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Are you interested in becoming a volunteer Practice Health Champion?

A pilot scheme is expanding in Gateshead, and the local NHS is calling for volunteers with an interest in transforming local health services.

Originally launched in 2014, the Health Champion scheme encourages individuals to volunteer their time to work with the staff in their local GP practice to find new ways to improve the services that the practice offers, and to help meet the health needs of the local community.

With training and support, the champions use their local knowledge and understanding of the health needs in their own area to help transform health and wellbeing in the community.

Steven Bramwell, Health Champion Lead for NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We are pleased to announce that we are supporting more practices to develop this work, meaning that more champions will be able to get involved and more patients will be able to take part in activities ran by the champions.

“Currently we are recruiting champions in the Bensham area of Gateshead, specifically patients from Oxford Terrace/Rawling Road, Second Street Surgery and Dr Krishnan’s Surgery.”

The work of a Health Champion varies depending on their own personal interests, the time that they are able to commit to the scheme, and also the health needs of their community. Examples of projects organised by the Health Champions so far include coffee mornings, health education events, walking clubs and arts and crafts groups.

To find out more about Health Champions, or if you are interesting in volunteering to become a champion, contact Steven Bramwell by calling 0191 217 2830 or by email at Steven.Bramwell@nhs.net