HealthMakers was inspired by the Olympic Games makers!

The role of a ‘HealthMaker’ is to create strong communities and through their own experience helping patients with the self-management of their long term conditions, initially in groups. They do not replace doctors or nurses, but complement them.

HealthMakers is a group of volunteers with long term health conditions. HealthMakers:

  • Offer peer support to teach others how to manage their long term health conditions
  • Deliver training to help others become HealthMakers and make a difference
  • Act as Patient Partners who work closely with local health services to improve patient care and quality of life

Following the success of this pilot, the CCG launched a procurement exercise in February 2016 and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) now host the HealthMakers programme.

Facilitators have been trained on delivering self-management courses and these continue to be a great success with the patients who attend. The HealthMaker Patient Partners provide strategic patient involvement on the boards or committees for Better Futures , Self Care & Prevention , IAPT for LTC’s and Early Implementers pilot .

Due to these successes the “Prevention Workstream” of the Frimley STP includes HealthMakers programme which is about to be rolled out across East Berkshire CCG.

In 2017, Thames Valley Leadership Academy awarded their first ever Patient Leadership award to the CCG lay member for Patient & Public Involvement for coming up with the HealthMaker concept and her tenacity in championing the programme & steering it through to implementation.