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Community needs and assets

Summary :: Our community :: Community needs and assets

Understanding the needs of the community is an essential part of delivering efficient, effective and responsive services. As part of the development of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) process, a specific workstream focused on the development of a 'Local Care Model' across Kent and Medway has been established. The primary objective of the local care workstream is to transform the way in which services are provided. It aims to develop preventative and innovative approaches to address some of the entrenched issues impacting on the health and wellbeing of the population.

Within Medway, the aspirations of the local care workstream are being taken forward in the guise of the 'Medway Model'. The Medway Model brings together a range of key stakeholders. These include Medway Council, NHS Medway CCG, local third sector and voluntary organisations, and a number of other public sector bodies. The focus of the Medway Model is to build on and further develop local community assets. It aims to do this through the analysis and use of high quality data combined with local insight gained from community listening events.

The Medway Model segments Medway into 6 distinct areas formed around natural units of care (General Practices). The JSNA highlights the key health and wellbeing issues within these communities, providing invaluable insight to inform action to address the problems identified. Overtime Medway should see an increase in proportion of people able to actively 'self-manage' and take action to manage the impact of long-term chronic health conditions. People will also be able to access a range of services in community locations that were previously only available in an acute hospital setting. There will be a focus on developing new ways of working and building capacity and resilience in the Medway community. This approach, termed the 'asset based approach', identifies skills, strengths, capacity, and knowledge of individuals within a community which are used to contribute towards sustainable development.