Posted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 23/07/2014 11:29:57
People from across the NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area are being urged to help shape their community health and social care services.
Dr Geoff Jones, NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG clinical lead for community services, said: “This work could potentially mean we see the transfer of some services that are traditionally provided in a large hospital setting to being community-led. But it will be very much up to local people, working with the CCG and Kent County Council, to steer these decisions.
“We hope as many people as possible will come along to our workshop to share their views on what health services need to be provided close to home.”
Examples of services that may be part of the community networks include: some outpatient services, neighbourhood care teams (which provide care to people in their own homes), GP care, consultants who provide care for the elderly, community and voluntary sector support and mental health services.
The CCG and Kent County Council (KCC) are working together on five community networks that will improve the way essential health and care services are provided within the community.
It is proposed that Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable, Faversham, Sandwich/ Ash will each be the base for one of the networks.
Patients, voluntary organisations and providers are invited to take part in developing the networks by joining a workshop taking place on Thursday 11 September at Kings Hall, Herne Bay (CT6 6BA). There will be two sessions – an afternoon session from 2pm to 5pm which will be repeated in an evening session from 6pm to 9pm.
Following the workshop, local stakeholder forums will then be established to support communities to develop the individual networks.
Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “We are working closely with CCG colleagues to develop community-based services that support people to stay independent while getting the health and social care they need and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions. We are pleased to be working with the CCGs to understand what this means in real terms for people living in the Canterbury and Coastal area.”
People are encouraged to register their interest in attending the workshop by contacting NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, stating which session they will be attending and which network they are most interested in. Please call 01227 791359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Competition time: A picture of your community**
Are you a budding artist? Do you think you can capture the essence of your community in one painting or drawing? If the answer is yes, then get those paintbrushes, pencils or pastels at the ready!
To launch the work on re-designing community services, the CCG and KCC are running a competition inviting local residents to submit a drawing or painting that represents their area.
The areas are: Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable, Faversham, Sandwich /Ash.
There are three age ranges for the competition. They are: under 12s, 12 to 17 and 18+.
Winning entries will be used in materials for developing community networks. All entries will be displayed at the workshop events.
• The competition is open to all residents in the NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG area.
• Entries should ideally be A3 in size and can be in any medium.
• Entries to be posted to: A Picture of Health Competition, NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, Ground Floor, Council Building, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1YW or emailed to: email@example.com.
• Name, contact details, town your submission represents and age category should be included alongside your entry.
• The competition will close on 31 August 2014.
Full details of the competition terms and conditions are available here.
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