Working together: free training for Huddersfield’s voluntary groups

September 11, 2015

NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is offering  local voluntary groups based in Greater Huddersfield to sign up to free  training  to help them talk to local people about health care, otherwise known as engagement and consultation.

Trained staff and volunteers will be known as Community Voices and will work with the CCG to talk to local communities about changes and developments in local healthcare so that services are developed in response to the needs of local people.

The training is free and once trained volunteers will be able to give their community organisation the opportunity to be approved providers of engagement for the NHS locally with the potential to carry out paid work. As an approved Community Voices provider, trained volunteers will act as a link between the voluntary and community sector groups and the CCG to make sure that the views – good or bad – of a wide range of local people are heard when it comes to health issues.

Please note your volunteer will have to attend both sessions to qualify as an approved provider and will be subject to a practical task where they have to demonstrate their engagement skills to be registered. Your trained volunteer will be the approved provider and as the host organisation you will be paid to allow us to use your trained volunteer and relationships.

Training will cover the more about the project and the NHS landscape, legal requirements of the NHS to engage and consult and offer a chance to identify techniques to carry out engagement and consultation activities which are best suited to your target audience.

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said “This is a genuine opportunity for voluntary groups to work with us so that local people can tell us their thoughts and ideas and really help shape the future.  This will give the CCG and other partners a rich picture of local needs, enabling us to provide better services in our communities.”


Your nominated volunteer will need to be available for training which will be held on:


Tuesday 15th September between 9:30am to 12:30pm, Broad Lea House, Bradley, Huddersfield, HD2 1GZ

Monday 21st September between 10am and 3.00pm Broad Lea House, Bradley, Huddersfield HD2 1GZ (Lunch will be provided)


Please find attached a map to help you find the venue which has disabled access and free parking.


If you wish to attend the event can you please complete the attached booking form and return to  by Friday 11th September.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or telephone: 01484 464024

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