Posted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 29/08/2014 12:48:41
People from the Ashford area are being urged to sign up for an event to help shape the way essential health and social care services are provided locally.
The aim of the workshop on Wednesday 10 September at Towers School, Ashford (TN24 9AL) is to find out which services people believe need to be provided in the community.
This will be used to help design new community networks, which are being developed by NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Kent County Council (KCC).
Patients, voluntary organisations and providers are invited to take part in developing the networks by joining one of two sessions on 10 September. There will be an afternoon session from 2pm to 5pm which will be repeated in an evening session from 6pm to 8.30pm.
Dr Navin Kumta, Chair of NHS Ashford CCG, said: “We really value people’s attendance at events. It’s important that everyone has an input to the design of the new community networks. This meeting is the start of a journey to really change the way health and social care services are delivered locally.”
It is proposed that the three networks would be known as North Ashford (including areas in the north of town and Wye, Sellindge and Charing), South Ashford (including areas in the south of town and Kingsnorth), and Rural Ashford (including Tenterden, Hamstreet and Woodchurch).
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.
Following the workshop, local stakeholder forums will then be established to support communities to develop the individual networks.
Anyone wishing to attend the event should call 03000 424815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which session they will be attending and which network they are most interested in.
For further information visit: www.ashfordccg.nhs.uk/pictureofhealth.