A new committee that will play a major role in ensuring Medway residents have the access to the best possible health and social care will meet for the first time on Tuesday (18/6) afternoon.

Nationally Health and Wellbeing boards have been established in all County Councils and Unitary Authorities.

The Medway Health and Wellbeing Board has been created as a result of changes to the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It came into force in April, aimed at improving the co-ordination and commissioning of health and social care services in Medway.

It will meet for the first time at 4pm on Tuesday, 18 June at the St George’s Centre, Pembroke Road, Chatham Maritime. Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, which looks after primary care such as GP surgeries; NHS England; and patient watchdog Healthwatch will be among the organisations sitting on the board.

A council spokesman, said: “Medway Health and Wellbeing Board has already been busy in the months before and weeks since launch, including the development of a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

“This considers what needs to be done now, and in the future, to ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and will be at the heart of the work of this new committee.

“It will be used to ensure that the organisations sat on the board involved in commissioning or providing care are doing all they can to meet the board’s aims and priorities and will be reviewed on a three monthly basis.”

The Agenda for the first meeting can be found by clicking HERE

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