Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) is trying to improve how their health services meet the needs of the diverse communities in the area. To do this, they are setting up an independent panel that will assess their progress to date.
Our GP Link Volunteer programme is included in a national report by the Kings Fund, examining good practice around volunteering in general practice. We were pleased that our programme was chosen as one of the case studies, showing the added value and benefit that volunteering can make in primary care. The Kings Fund report explores ways in which volunteers contribute to general practice, providing an opportunity for practices to engage beyond their traditional boundaries, creating an interface with voluntary and community sector organisations and with the wider community.
We currently work with all 52 GP practices in Bristol and 26 GP practices in South Gloucestershire. Practices can request their own GP Link volunteer, who helps to support people to self-identify as carers, so that they can then access information to help them in their caring role.
See the Kings fund report: Volunteering in general practice: opportunities and insights
Find out more about our volunteering programme.