Four Public Members have been appointed on the Community Ambassador Task and Finish Group

Four Public Members have been appointed, along with the voluntary sector organisation Healthwatch, a CCG commissioner and the three local authorities in Sussex to sit on the Community Ambassador Task and Finish Group which will oversee the design and development of the project.

Community Ambassadors will support patient and public involvement across the Sussex Health and Care Partnership.

The Public Members will play a vital role in overseeing the development of the Community Ambassador Project, and they are:

Community ambassador public membersJason Grant – Public Member (Inclusion Lead)

“After experiencing psychosis in 2015, Jason has been determined to use his experience to improve outcomes within the mental health sector. Jason currently works with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Leadership Academy, University of Manchester, UCL’s Institute of Mental Health, and Time to Change – the national campaign to end mental health discrimination.

Jason wanted to become a Public Member with a focus on Equality and Diversity to ensure that all people understand how they can play an active role within the health service”.

Community ambassador public members 1Martin Jeremiah – Public Member (Strategic Lead)

“Martin is a former Governor and Lead Governor of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and previously served six years as Chair of the South East Region of the mental health charity Rethink. He currently assists Sussex Partnership as an Expert By Experience.

Since taking early retirement as an IT Project Manager, alongside a number of additional Corporate Social Responsibility roles, Martin has continued to use his experience for the benefit of the community on health related matters and is delighted to be joining the Community Ambassador Task and Finish Group”.

Community ambassador public members 2Natalie Pudaloff – Public Member (Inclusion Lead)

“Natalie brings to the Community Ambassadors project her knowledge and experience in collaborative health and social care service improvement and interdisciplinary research.

Natalie is a Steering Group member for the Health Foundation, to improve partnerships of health care providers, voluntary sector organisations, learning and system partners, a member of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and South East Regional Stakeholder for the Office for Disability Issues, Department for Work and Pensions.

Natalie believes that the Community Ambassadors project is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of equality and inclusion in health and social care by increasing opportunities for patients, public and careers to have meaningful involvement within health and social care collaborations”.

Community ambassador public members 3Victoria Hill – Public Member (Volunteer Lead)

“Victoria is Peer Trainer for Sussex Recovery College and also part of the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust Expert by Experience programme, where she chairs a Working Together Group for service users interested in having a say on local mental health services. Victoria volunteers at a community mental health drop-in centre and at her local church.

Victoria is excited to be involved in the Community Ambassadors project as she has seen first-hand how important it is for people to be engaged with health services in their area, and how much the NHS can learn from the people it supports”.

For more information about the Community Ambassador Project, please contact Isabel Costello (isabel.costello1@nhs.net).