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 the foundation for building a new way of working that joins health and social care. These groups will bring together a wealth of experience and knowledge on current services and how they are used by patients.
So far the three networks in Ashford have been involved with:
• A new wellbeing café for people who need help and support with their mental health at weekends. It means people who experience anxiety, low mood, loneliness and isolation can drop in and speak to a trained mental health support worker over a cup of tea or coffee.
• A project to reduce the number of prescriptions for paracetamol, and encourage patients to purchase it from pharmacies and shops.
• A new mental health service for young people aged 13 to 19, run by the youth club Sk8side. The ‘About You’ programme provides emotional and wellbeing support through counselling and exercise for a range of issues linked to mental health problems.
Have you got a question about the networks? Read the Frequently Asked Questions document.
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.
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