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Partnership working in action

Date: 23/09/2008           Category: Medway PCT

Medway PCT is giving £1.2m cash injection to support the delivery of Medway’s Local Area Agreement (LAA). Today, Tuesday, 23 September, Medway Council's Cabinet welcomed the PCT’s proposal and confirmed that the £1.2m is placed in a pooled fund with the council. In May this year the council in partnership with the Local Strategic Partnership was required to negotiate a new local area agreement with the government. The LAA is a key document setting the improvement priorities for Medway to be delivered by the council and its partners. It includes a list of priorities and a selection of up to 51 indicators to measure the achievement of the priorities. Up to 35 of these must be drawn from a list of 198 national indicators set by government. Against each of these indicators are annual performance targets for the three years of the LAA. The balance of the 51 is made up of 16 statutory targets relating to early years and educational achievements. During the next three years the money will be spent on pioneering partnership projects and pilot schemes that will benefit the health and well-being of Medway’s residents. The work will support the delivery of health and social care priorities agreed earlier this year as part of the local area agreement. Target areas include reducing teenage conceptions, improving health and social care for vulnerable adults and older people, tackling drug and alcohol misuse and improving the health and care of children with disabilities, special education needs and looked after children. PCT Chief Executive Marion Dinwoodie said: “In the signing of this agreement and in the creation of a dedicated new fund we will explore new and different ways of meeting the health and social care needs of Medway residents. “The LAA sets out ambitious health and social care targets but with this agreement and the strengthening of our bond with Medway Council we can start putting together new projects to deliver positive health and social care outcomes.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance Cllr Alan Jarrett said: “I welcome this funding – it symbolises the strength of joint working between the council and the PCT. Together this money and our strong partnership approach will make a real difference to the health, social care and ultimately the quality of life of everyone living in Medway. “The local area agreement gives us an agreed agenda for action, this fund gives additional resources to help us address health inequalities and give the population of Medway world class health care and social services.” Notes to editors: Projects are likely to relate to some of the following: - Social care/health of all children in Medway and specifically vulnerable children including looked after children and those on the cusp of care - Youth offending - Mental health of children and young people - Health/social care/education of children with disabilities or special education needs - Drug and alcohol related health/social care - Smoking related health - Obesity related health/social care - Sexual health of young people - Health services relating to circulatory diseases - Health and social care of vulnerable adults and older people. A joint management team will be set up with representatives from both organisations to identify specific projects.