NHS community grants offered for public participation projects

Community grants of up to £2,000 are up for grabs this month by voluntary organisations in Waltham Forest as NHS England seeks to encourage best practice in patient and citizen participation in healthcare.

Local voluntary and community groups are invited to apply for the NHS England grants before 31 October by setting out how their patient, service-user or carer engagement work has improved healthcare services.  

Applicants will also need to show how they plan to use the grant to share and promote their work in a creative way. 

Dr Anwar Khan, local GP and Chair of Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “All NHS organisations have a legal duty to involve and consult the public about the running of local health services.

"The public voice makes a real difference to service improvement, enhancing our understanding of needs and experience.

"This is an exciting opportunity to support and share the best examples of this important area of work, so we’re encouraging voluntary and community groups in Waltham Forest to come forward and apply for the grants."

Details on how to apply, including the application guidance document, are online at www.engage.england.nhs.uk/application/sharing-celebrating-patient-public-participation/ 

Applicants can request the application form in alternative formats by emailing from NHS England at england.ppvcommunitygrants@nhs.net