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Welcome to Medway Neurological Network Website









Our AIM: To be the voice of all those affected by neurological conditions in Medway - a single point of access 

Our Mission: 

  • To defend and improve the quality of health and social care services available to those with neurological conditions 
  • To raise awareness of neurological conditions in Medway and the support services that are available 
  • To campaign for improved disability services and facilities 
  • To promote and support services/ therapies/ research projects aimed at improving health & wellbeing, e.g. Medway Skylarks  
Our Participants: Currently we have 13 neurological charities and support groups participating in our Network, and we are also fully engaged with 8 major service providers in Medway.  All of our participants are invited to attend our quarterly Steering Group meetings.  For a full list of our participants, and links to their websites, please see our Participants page.

Our Contacts:  Email: info@medwayneuro.org.uk   Facebook: Medway Neurological Network   Twitter: @medwayneuro1

Please click on the images below to find out about our Activities, Medway Skylarks - click here for Skylark's videos, and our Awareness Events.

Activities


Find out about our Neuro-cafes, our campaigns, and our planned events e.g. Medway Neuro-Arts Festival, 19-21 July 2019.

Medway Skylarks


We help organise & promote this singing & movement (Sing to Beat Parkinson's) group, that has proven therapeutic benefits - see our videos.

Awareness Events


We help promote our Participant's own awareness events and also organise our own, such as the Medway Neuro Arts Festival 2019 & the Medway Neuro-Fair 2018.

Breaking News:


1.  Launch of Medway Non-Visible Disability Initiative (NVDi):  This event was held in Rochester Cathedral on 3 September 2021 - please click Here to see KMTV Online coverage and Here to see a BBCRadio Kent interview given by Jenny Walsh, CEO of Headway Kent.

2.  Eternal Lakes Parkinson's UK in Medway Cafe and Neuro Drop-In: Launched on 5 August 2021 by the he Mayor of Medway Cllr. Jan Aldous and the to open monthly on the first Thursday of each month - see the Medway Neuro-Cafes tab for more details, including a video of the Skylarks performance.

3.    All Change in the NHS. Jane Howard, CEO of Medway Voluntary Action writes:
<You may be aware that changes are occurring in the NHS. In short, what was Clinical Commissioning Group areas have changed into Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) within which Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) operate on a ‘local’ level with the aim of delivering services tailored to the needs of communities that fall within their smaller geographical areas. In Kent and Medway we now have one Kent and Medway ICS which is an amalgamation of 8 CCGs. Within this there are 4 ICPs. Servicing Medway is the Medway and Swale ICP.The Medway and Swale ICP are utilising a model called Population Health Management. This model takes a holistic view of health and recognises that the wider determinants of health have an impact on whether someone lives a long and healthy life or not. For this reason this model works at tackling these wider determinants of health.>  These changes come into full operation in April 2022.

4.  Kent & Medway CCG

a).  NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group would like to hear from people living in Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley, Medway, Sittingbourne and Isle of Sheppey about their experience of using ophthalmology (eye care) services in the past year.

We want you to help us understand the patient experience and to find out what works well and where services could improve. The feedback we receive will be taken into account when we start the process later this year of securing a long-term provider for these services. How you can helpPatients who received treatment in the past year for an eye condition, such as cataracts or macular degeneration, are invited to give their feedback on their last appointment.  Please feel free to share this survey at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/eyecare/  If you would prefer a hard copy of the survey to be sent to you or would like to complete the survey by telephone, please call Ade Philips on 07767004213 or email kmccg.engage@nhs.net  

b).  Community Bulletin: Please click Here to see the 30 September 2021 issue.  All the latest on Coronavirus and health services in Kent and Medway.

c).   Report:  Experiences of Health Services During Lockdown. Medway Neurological Network contributed to this research by participating in an interview and by facilitating a focus group. Please click HERE to view the report.

Between May and July Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group carried out a range of activities to gather experiences of health services during lockdown. It heard from just over 3,000 people, including over 2,700 members of the public and representatives, and around 700 NHS staff.  The aim of this work was to provide feedback to support the health service to make decisions about restarting and redesigning services based on the experiences during the pandemic, and in planning for further increases in Covid-19 infections. 

The findings show that: There are high levels of support from both patients and staff for the continued use of telephone and online appointments in healthcare settings –provided this is not seen as the only option.  Patients and staff need clear and coherent information about the pandemic and the actions they should take to keep themselves and their communities safe Covid 19 led to services and teams working together in new ways – and this collaboration should be taken forward.

5.  Medway Skylarks now online: Please go to the Skylarks tab to see details and how to join our Zoom sessions that are held every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am. Sue Lovell is now taking this group and is using Canterbury Cantata Trust's evidence-based 'Sing to Beat Parkinson's' technique for enhancing wellbeing for those living with Parkinson's disease AND it has been shown to be beneficial for those living with many other neurological conditions.  

6.  Enhanced Clinical Assessment Service Available via 111 in Kent and Medway.   As from 1 October 2020 the NHS 111 service in Kent and Medway offers access to a wider range of health care professionals. GPs, paramedics, nurses, mental health professionals, dental nurses and pharmacists are all part of the new NHS 111 clinical assessment service. To find out more please click HERE.  

7. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Webinar: Phil Bungay participated in this webinar, hosted by NHS England. It included talks by: Geogina Carr, the CEO of the Neurological Alliance; Wendy, who gave an talk on being a patient living with Dystonia; Dr Jason Price a Consultant Neurophycologist at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough; Dr Michael Dilley from the Wolfeson Neuroreabilitation Services at St Georges Hospital; SW London, and Phil a person living with Parkinson's. This webinar was part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme by NHS England. The IAPT programme began in 2008 and has transformed the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression in England. To access this very interesting webinar please click HERE

8.  Neurological Alliance has published:

i).  Neurological Alliance Newsletter, 22 July 2021 - please click Here.

ii).   The findings of the Patient Experience Survey, see Here for the Key Findings and Here for the Policy Report.  Thank you to all those who participated in this survey.

iii).  Neuro-Numbers 19, giving the latest incidence figures for neurological conditions - click Here to see this report.