Great news! Medway’s amazing Time Credits programme ‘Involving Medway’ (run by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group) has been named a finalist in the Community or Primary Care Services Redesign category of the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2018. The award recognises how healthcare providers have successfully made changes to the delivery of services, paying particular attention to increased collaborative working.
”Being named a finalist is recognition of the impact of Time Credits,” says Tempo CEO Ian Merrill. “Our work in healthcare is an important part of what we do, supporting our overall aim to build opportunities for everyone to get involved in their community, regardless of abilities or life circumstances.”
Medway Time Credits were introduced in Medway in February 2017 as part of the Involving Medway partnership. Over 320 people have earned Time Credits through giving more than 3500 hours to their community since the programme started. ‘Involving Medway’, which is run by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), explores effective ways of engaging local community-based groups and residents, in order to promote better health and wellbeing and to help transform local services. Time Credits have helped to increase collaborative working within the area making the programme an excellent candidate for the award!
In addition to more than 3500 time credits being earned to recognise the value of the time given by volunteers, ‘Involving Medway’ has held 80 healthcare focus groups, trained 29 peer researchers and issued small grants to 45 groups tackling social isolation at a local level benefitting over 2,500 Medway residents just its first year. 72% of people earning Time Credits in Medway reported an improved quality of life, and 52% said they felt more able to contribute to their community and other people as a result of the programme.
Well done to all our Medway team!