An initiative to empower members of the community to lead healthier, happier lives has been shortlisted for a national award.

Run by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Involving Medway is a finalist in the Community or Primary Care Services Redesign category of the HSJ Awards 2018. This award recognises the way healthcare providers have successfully made changes to the delivery of services, paying particular attention to increased collaborative working. HSJ, Health Service Journal, is a national news service which covers the NHS, healthcare management and health policy.

 

Involving Medway encourages and supports participation in community groups and activities, helping to beat social isolation and improve the community’s mental health.

In its first year, as well as providing 36 community grants of up to £1,500, Involving Medway has held 56 healthcare focus groups, trained 15 peer researchers, put on a play, God’s Waiting Room, to encourage discussion of end of life issues and given out more than a thousand Medway Time Credits. This latter element is a way of recognising the time given by volunteers, providing rewards such as free access to leisure activities and attractions.

Stuart Jeffery, Chief Operating Officer for Medway CCG commented: “When we set up the pilot for Involving Medway just over a year ago it was about trying something different in order to support and sustain a healthier local community, and we’re proud to say we are very pleased with the way it has worked.

“Involving Medway has supported more people to engage with Medway CCG, acting as a conduit between us and the people we serve. It has also increased direct interaction with our Governing Body and has empowered local people to provide feedback that can inform future planning and commissioning decisions.

“We are thrilled to be shortlisted for this award, which recognises the innovative approach we have taken to community involvement as a way of improving people’s health.”

The next stage of the awards process will see three people from Medway CCG present the project to the judging panel in London, on Tuesday, 9 October. The winners will then be announced during a ceremony on Wednesday, 21 November.

Involving Medway is led by Red Zebra and partnerships have been established with organisations including: Kent Community Foundation, Spice Innovations Limited, and Medway Voluntary Action. To find out more email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01634 407337.

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Notes to Editors

  • Medway CCG is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, for the patient population of 299,660 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.

Red Zebra Community Solutions is a local infrastructure organisation, working with residents and organisations to improve opportunities and services for people in the community. www.redzebra.org.uk/

Involving Medway is a one-year pilot, funded by NHS Medway CCG, to bring local partners together to investigate and test creative and innovative ways to strengthen communities, empowering local residents to play a role in transforming local health services.

Partners include: