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CIB works with Healthwatch Bucks on a study to look at Hospital Volunteer Parking Permits for Buckinghamshire (Home to Health)

14 June 2017

Following on from a 2015 report to find out more about Buckinghamshire resident’s experiences of travel and transport to medical appointments, Healthwatch Bucks asked CIB to undertake a research project on the subject.

In particular Healthwatch Bucks asked us to explore: Healthwatch Bucks logo

  • what the difficulties were for volunteer drivers 
  • find some good practice from an existing scheme
  • take the learning from a pilot delivered locally
  • and develop a proposal for a countywide scheme.

The report was published on 18 May  and our research demonstrated clearly the value of community car schemes. The three month pilot was considered to be a success with 250 clients and 250 return journeys taking place. 37 volunteer drivers were provided with permits. The community car scheme involved in the pilot told us that “The permit system worked beautifully and ran really smoothing.”

As part of the study CIB took the learning from the pilot and developed a proposal for a Buckinghamshire wide volunteer driver hospital permit scheme. In follow up to the report, the next stage for CIB is to explore with Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and other partners the potential for rolling out the scheme across the county.

The study has been selected by Healthwatch England as an example of an interesting, clear report showing the impact local Healthwatch have made on services in their area.

You can read the full report on the Healthwatch Bucks website

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