Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling for local people’s views on community health services.
NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group is undertaking a review and redesign of adult community health services, transforming the way in which the services are delivered.
Medway CCG has been carrying out various activities to learn more about what people think about adult community health services and what improvements they would like to see. The CCG would like to thank everyone who has given us their views so far by completing a survey, coming to one of our workshops, taking part in an interview or focus group or attending our Whole System Redesign event. A summary of the public engagement October- December 2017 can be found here and a full report can be found here.
Dr Balachander, GP Clinical Member at Medway CCG, which is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, said: “We have to make changes to the current system, not only to improve the patient experience but also to meet the challenges that lie ahead. People are living longer, with more complex health issues at a time when NHS budgets are being constrained. We also need to do more to prevent ill-health by helping people stay well.
“The redesign will be closely linked to the Medway Model, a new way of joining up local services to deliver care closer to people’s homes and involve them in maintaining their own health and wellbeing. We want patients to remain well and cared for in the place of their choice, which is often their own home.”
Community health services include:
- Anti-Coagulation also known as the Warfarin monitoring service
- Heart Services including Arrhythmia services, Cardiac Rehabilitation and support for people with LVSD (left ventricular systolic dysfunction)
- Community Nursing Services
- Community Rehabilitation Services such as the falls service and neurological physiotherapy
- Specialist respiratory teams for patients with the lung conditions Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease (ILD) and Bronchiectasis
- Dementia including short-term support and home treatment for challenging behaviour and physical problems
- Learning Disabilities
- Palliative Care (including the Wisdom Hospice)
- Phlebotomy – the blood test service
- Speech and Language Therapy (adults)
- Stroke Services
- Tissue Viability and Wound Therapy
Over the next eight months Medway CCG will be carrying out a range of engagement activities including surveys, meetings and workshops to make sure services are commissioned based on what people say matters to them. The contract for delivering community health services is due to be awarded in September 2019 and will be in place from April 2020.
Dr Balachander continued: “It is vital for us to know how people currently access these services, what they think of them, and what they would like to change. We urge patients, local people, stakeholders and clinicians to email us and to register an interest in getting involved to help us understand what is important to them. The feedback will be used to develop a new model of care for our community services.”
To share your views on community health services or to register your interest in getting involved in forthcoming engagement activities, email email@example.com.