Community ambassadors

We would like to thank everyone who has registered an interest in becoming a Community Ambassador. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to pause the recruitment of Community Ambassadors at this time. We will be relaunching the recruitment of the voluntary roles in the future. Please check this page for updates.

Background information

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As part of Sussex Health and Care Partnerships’ commitment to patient and public involvement, a project to introduce volunteer Community Ambassadors across Sussex was launched in September 2019. Funding was awarded to the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups to lead the 12-month project.

The Community Ambassador Project will support the Sussex Health and Care Partnership to:

  • Increase the amount of feedback and intelligence we receive from our patients, carers and communities, which in turn ensures our services are responsive to need.
  • Embed the “lay” perspective in Sussex wide NHS programmes.
  • Increase our reach to communities we struggle to hear from.
  • Support our commissioners to ensure that the patient view is central to commissioning plans for specific pathways.

Community ambassadors will play a key role in helping the Sussex Health and Care Partnership understand what is important to local people and make sure NHS services are what people need.

The purpose of the role is to:

  • Understand the key health and social issues for the local area.
  • Hear from and talk with local people.
  • Work with clinicians and managers on specific projects and tasks.
  • Review documents to make sure they make sense.
  • Involve local people so they are heard.

Community Ambassador Task and Finish Group

A Task and Finish group oversees the design and development of the Community Ambassador Project, compromising of four Public Members, Healthwatch, a voluntary sector organisation, an Engagement Champion from Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG, a member of staff from Brighton and City Council, a member of staff from East Sussex County Council, a member of staff from West Sussex County Council and representatives from the Sussex CCGs’ Public Involvement Team.

Papers are available to download on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

For further information about the project, please contact Isabel Costello (Sussex CCGs’ Senior Public Involvement Officer, isabel.costello1@nhs.net, 07920244988).