FIND out more about plans for mental health services at a meeting of the NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG will hold its next meeting today (Wednesday) from 2pm to 3pm in The Alexander Centre in Faversham.
Topics on the agenda will include findings from the outpatients consultation and mental health services. The CCG was a partner with East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) in its consultation about the best way to organise outpatient services in the future. The consultation with local people and organisations ran from December 2013 to March 2014 and focused on proposals to reduce the number of places holding outpatient clinics from 15 to six. The trust met to discuss the findings on Friday. Dr Mark Jones, chairman of the CCG, said:
“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation and attend the public meetings. The CCG will be considering the matter very carefully. Outpatients is the start of a much larger conversation that we will need to have with communities and local organisations as we embark on planning the future of community care.
We have learnt some valuable lessons from our work around Faversham’s minor injuries service and hope to carry this forward as we begin to look at developing community networks which includes the options for community services.”
Members of the public and organisations are invited to observe the governing body meeting. There will be an opportunity for people to ask questions for 10 minutes at the start and a further 10 minutes at the end of the meeting.
• The agenda and meeting papers will be available on the CCG website at www.canterburycoastalccg.nhs.uk in advance of the meeting.
Herne Bay Times, July 2nd 2014