Our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of local people by working in partnership with local communities to create a sustainable healthcare system, integrating hospitals, GPs, social care and community services including the voluntary sector.
We believe that people should be at the heart of everything we do and that more needs to be provided in communities. We know that the NHS has to do more with less money and services need to be better joined-up. We also want people to have a say on what is important to them and their area.
To make sure we are delivering the right care in the right place, we’ve established eight Community Networks across both Canterbury and Coastal and Ashford CCG areas. Network members include Patient Participation Groups, organisations that provide health and social care services, voluntary and community organisations, GPs and the CCG.
They meet regularly to discover more detail about the health of the population in their area, understand how services work together and how that could be improved for staff and patients.
What next for Community Networks?
Networks are a new way of working that joins health and social care. These groups bring together a wealth of local experience and knowledge on current services and how they are used by patients.
So far the five networks in the Canterbury and Coastal area have been involved with:
- Establishing a mental health working group to identify potential ways in which voluntary agencies can support patients.
- Introducing bereavement support for children.
- Exploring how to link with local agencies and schools to support the development of a dementia friendly network in Sandwich.
- Supporting a healthy eating and cooking skills project in Sandwich.
- A six-week support programme (Home Start Baby Explorers) to help parents develop their parenting skills.
- A new clinic at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital to treat wounds.
- Funding music and relaxation therapy for teenagers with mental health issues at the Umbrella Centre in Herne Bay and funding mental health yoga sessions at the Umbrella Centre in Whitstable.
We would like to thank those staff, organisations and patients who are involved in the networks for giving their time, energy and ideas. We are all working hard to see how we can make the most of our community assets, and our staff so they can work more effectively together with patients.
We are also considering how people can help themselves to stay well and healthy, and what additional support or information they might need to help them do that.
Have you got a question about the networks? Read the Frequently Asked Questions document.
Or get in touch, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 03000 425 019