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Volunteering safely and NHS responders

For Guidance on How to help safely during the Coronavirus click here

Patients that you identify as being at moderate risk can access government guidance here. There are also other sources of support for moderate-risk patients:

NHS Volunteer Responders: you can submit a live referral for an individual that needs support or an NHS service that requires volunteers providing they meet the referring criteria at https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSreferral or on 0808 196 3382.

Volunteers can provide:
  • Check in and chat support – short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness because of self-isolation (note, this is not mental health advice).
  • Community support – collection of shopping, medication, or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.
  • Patient Transport – transport to take patients home who are medically fit for discharge.
  • NHS Transport – who will deliver medicines on behalf of the community pharmacy or dispensing doctor.
  • Cancer Networ https://cancerwellbeinglondon.nhs.uk/  
NHS England announced a ten year plan on 7th January 2019.

What will patients get out of the NHS Long Term Plan?

The NHS has written a Long Term Plan so it can be fit for the future and is based on the experiences of patients and staff.  Watch this video (click this link to view) to find out what some of those involved in developing the Long Term Plan think about it.

Primary Care Networks
 The number and scope of primary care (GP Practices)  as a whole makes patient partnership and citizen involvement fundamental in so many ways. The resources to enable this can be hard to muster for individual practices beyond patient participation groups (often called PPGs, which vary a lot from surgery to surgery). Part of the rationale beyond networks is to benefit from economies of scale of a 30,000 – 50,000 population. Those benefits should extend to resourcing patient partnership and citizen involvement. It would be good if the emerging Primary Care Networks take early initiatives to engage with their PPGs.  Click this link for the Factsheets for Primary Care

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