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St John Ambulance NZ & Timebanking

Health services everywhere are feeling the pinch. Resources are dwindling but demand is relentlessly increasing. Here's an idea that could turn the game around.
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Gen de Spa

on 24 April 2015

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Transcript of St John Ambulance NZ & Timebanking

Our organisation is
totally dependent on our volunteers.
These folk take on massive responsibility
when they become ambulance officers.
Two thirds of our staff is volunteer.

What if we could repay them?
Enhance their volunteer
experience with the
side effect of
building social capital?
With Timebanking, we can.
This gives the public many more avenues for being able to help and engage with St John without necessarily joining St John...by helping our volunteers; donating unused hours; helping elderly people in their community or people with chronic illness. We could recruit more Caring Callers and Friends of the Emergency Departments which already "represent a considerable cost saving for District Health Boards" according to the Corydon Report 2007. Timebanking can multiply that effect.
This proposal recommends that
St John Ambulance collaborates with local
Timebanks
as a major strategy to help
navigate the future challenges.

Timebanking provides the framework to embed self-care
into the health system.

Timebanking can be used not only to transfer knowledge - better nutrition choices; exercise classes and all the things that make self-management of chronic diseases like diabetes more effective - but crucially, it delivers important missing ingredients - social support; a sense of purpose; connectedness - at a fraction of the cost of knowledge transfer programmes alone.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the US has invested US$1.2 million to use Timebanking in the context of senior care, 'Elderplan' is a thriving and successful programme that is keeping seniors safe and happy in their homes.


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This plan delivers high ROI and Social Return On Investment AND we have everything we need to start implementation today.
The UK National Health Service has incorporated Timebanking into the practice of an entire network of mental health agencies.
For more information visit
http://futurefocusedhealth.wordpress.com
But this is still just a tiny fragment of what a synergy between
St John and Timebanking
could achieve...
Yes, our volunteers would benefit enormously...
But it's our patients and communities who have the most to gain...
This ill wind carries the drivers that are pushing the New Zealand health system, and St John within it, towards change.
'Business As Usual' is not producing effective results.
We need an innovative plan that delivers high return on investment.

In New Zealand, Timebanks have been operating for 8 years, the longest established is in Lyttelton where it was invaluable to the community after the earthquakes.

In September 2013 the Lyttelton St John Area Committee became the first in the country to join their local Timebank and start reimbursing their volunteers in Time Credits.
By promoting Timebanking to our volunteers, patients and the community, St John would begin the seemingly impossible task of
reducing demand.

Because of the respect and trust we have earned, our endorsement would foster the growth of this simple and clever tool and set us as leaders in the field of progressive health innovation.

The advantages for us as an organisation and NZ as a whole,
are immense.
lessens the (financial and time) costs of being a volunteer
is an appropriate recognition and reward for their time and work
could help to lower the volunteer attrition rate
doubles the value of their contribution to the community
allows the community to acknowledge the value of volunteers' time and express their appreciation
provides opportunities for others to do good works for their community
and if excess time credits are donated to others, it
TRIPLES
the value of the original contribution
creates wealth out of thin air
Each time you use your skills to help someone in your community, you earn time credits. When you're ready to spend them, you can request a service you need through the Timebank. Another Timebank member will step forward to help you.
1 hour = 1 hour
Everyone's time
is equal.
What is Timebanking?
Timebanking has been used in
health
,
senior care
, education, youth justice, housing, community building and more situations, in over 20 countries, for over 25 years.
By-products include increased social capital, community resilience and
stronger, healthier communities and individuals.
It's a simple and effective tool which can be applied in countless contexts
Paying volunteers in time credits...
The Strategic Vision of St John Ambulance
What, exactly, does this look like?
Timebanking provides the link for St John to collaborate with other health care providers in the community.
With Timebanking we can get to work at the 'top of the cliff' rather than sitting helplessly at the bottom of it,
watching demand rise.
30 NZ communities already have Timebanks with many more starting up. St John Area Committees can become local Timebank members and pay their volunteers in Time Credits. St John doesn't have to start their own Timebank, we would collaborate with those in existence, promoting the idea to our volunteers and the public.
Patients are seen in terms of what they need
In the current health system model
Health
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Needs
Patient
Health
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Patient
Patient
Needs
Needs
This creates a lineal financial flow which disregards
the wealth of skills and experience the patient can bring.
When utilised, these skills aid the patient, their community AND the health system resulting in a more cost-effective,
circular model.

Timebanking values patients' skills and enables their use in the community, simultaneously increasing the patient's well-being.
Enhanced health and well-being
becomes the SHARED mission of
all New Zealanders.

Patient
Strengths
Needs
Patient
Strengths
Needs
Patient
Strengths
Needs
Health
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Everyone has skills
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