Exmouth patient group wins national award

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 October 2015

Exmouth Community College Health and Social Care A-level students were joined by David Bassett and Bob Bryant to share an award from the Patient Participation Group. Ref shs 0673-40-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth Community College Health and Social Care A-level students were joined by David Bassett and Bob Bryant to share an award from the Patient Participation Group. Ref shs 0673-40-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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A patient group has been recognised for its work in getting young people engaged with health issues.

The Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh General Patient Groups (WEB) was recently awarded the participation in practice award by the Patients’ Association.

Patient groups have been working together on a project, in partnership with students at Exmouth Community College, to strengthen the involvement of young people in providing feedback on their healthcare.

The scheme enables students, who are currently undertaking A-level courses in health and social care, to get involved by working with their GP patient groups.

David Bassett, chairman of the Halsdon House Patient Participation Group, said: “A number of the patient groups have tried various ways to engage with young people in the 16 to 25 age group, none of which has been very successful.

“This new project, working directly with the students, has already produced new initiatives and we look forward to working with them over the coming months as they help to develop an engagement process that young people will respond to.”

Exmouth Community College health and social care lecturer Deborah Edmond said: ‘’This project enables our students to have direct contact with GP surgeries and their patient groups, which will provide them with the opportunity to develop effective communication modules and identify opportunities to talk to clinical staff and undertake project-based work on specific heath and social care issues to help reinforce their learning.’’

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