Community Engagement Officer
As some of you are aware, I have been appointed to a more senior role and I am leaving Medway NHS Foundation Trust today (15 March). Thank you to those who let me attend your meetings to share updates and opportunities to get involved. I have learned so much about the support provided in our communities and I really value how this has helped build awareness and strengthen networks.
I am pleased to provide the March Community Engagement Update.
Throughout these past few months, I continue to be heartened by the acts of kindness and support offered by so many of you, to help members of our community get through each day.
It has been very busy at the Trust and although later than planned, I am pleased to provide the November Community Engagement Update.
My first few months at Medway have flown by and I have really enjoyed meeting with the many community groups and organisations providing vital support for our communities in Medway and Swale. The range of services offered is vast, from much needed foodbanks and befriending services to help with training and support.
Please take a look at our August Community Engagement Update for more information about our community engagement and news from the Trust.
I hope this finds you safe and well. I have recently taken on the role of Community Engagement Officer for Medway NHS Foundation Trust and wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and make contact with you and your organisation.
Read more in our June Community Engagement Update.
Reaching out on breast cancer
We were absolutely thrilled to be invited by the ladies of the Kent Khawateem Association to talk about breast screening. Dr Asma Javed, Breast Screening Lead explained how important it was to have the screening and how it could save lives. Women were urged to attend breast screening appointments when invited because, put simply, the earlier potential cancer is detected and treated, the better the chance of surviving it.
During our discussion women were encouraged to ask questions and speak openly about their thoughts on and experiences of breast cancer. We were able to address fears that some women had about breast cancer and the screening process, and it was humbling to hear the experiences of those who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. A number spoke very positively about the care and treatment they had received from the hospital.
The evening ended with a pot luck meal of over 50 delicious dishes; the Kent Khawateem Association has some very talented cooks!
If you are a community organisation and would like to work with us to get the views of your members and service users heard – or would like hear more from us and/or our clinical teams – please contact Bobbie Walkem-Smith on 07852 714954 or firstname.lastname@example.org