NHS staff, voluntary and community groups have gathered together to celebrate best practice in healthcare in Medway.

The Community & Patient Partnership Awards, organised by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), were held at Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham and showcased 10 finalists in two categories. 


The Learning from Experience award went to The Surgical Bereavement Service at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. Established after listening to feedback from patients and relatives, the panel of judges said the service ‘went well beyond what you might expect’ and is a great support for grieving families and carers. 

Originally piloted over an eight-month period, the service enables families of surgical patients who have died to obtain the answers they need. 

Caris Grimes, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was a great privilege to accept the award on behalf of the surgical bereavement team at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. The team has worked tirelessly to ensure we provide the best possible support to families following loss of a loved one. We are looking forward to expanding the service during the year.”

Walderslade Together (WALT) won of the Supporting Community Health award, selected because of the reach the service has and the variety of the work WALT does within the community.

WALT aims to address loneliness and improve employability for residents in Walderslade by using people’s existing skills and building on them. The Community Interest Company uses the power of volunteering to support those who feel lonely or isolated in the community. 

Patricia Reilly,Chief Executive Officerof WALT, said: “We were very shocked, humbled and proud to win the Supporting Community Health 2018 award. Particularly when all of the other groups nominated are so inspiring and deliver such important support to our community. This award validates what WALT does and evidences the impact we have on our community’s health and wellbeing.  This is an important achievement for all of the WALT family and we hope it will assist us in being sustainable in the long term.”

Sarah Vaux, Chief Nurse at Medway CCG said: “We heard some incredibly moving and inspiring stories at the event, which was a great success in terms of connecting community-based groups and services with providers. I’m delighted for the 10 finalists and particularly the two winners.”


Picture caption: The Community & Patient Partnership Awards finalists gathered at Priestfield Stadium.


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Notes to Editors

  • Medway CCG is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, for the patient population of 295,223 across Medway.
  • Medway CCG’s main role is to plan and buy health services across the Medway towns. It works closely with patient groups, local public health, social care and voluntary sector partners to make sure the right services are available at the right time. 
  • The CCG is one of 211 in the country, the Medway CCG is made up of GPs, other healthcare professionals and experienced commissioners dedicated to making Medway a healthier place to live.
  • It is committed to developing a strong clinically-led organisation that puts the needs of Medway residents at the heart of its decisions. 
  • Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has a governing body made up of local GPs, a registered nurse and several lay members, all working with a network of health professionals across the area.