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Involving Medway update from MVA



Many of you will be aware the Involving Medway programme, which has been active since March 2017, has recently been through a period of change due to several factors including contractual changes and the fast-paced developments within the care system including the development of local Primary Care Networks, an Integrated Care Partnership and the over-arching Integrated Care System.

Throughout this period of change, as one of the original contract partners, MVA have been exploring with Medway CCG and the VCS Leaders Network the future format for Involving Medway.

We are delighted to announce that the CCG have agreed to fund a new ‘VCS Focus Group’ model of engagement that allows the local VCS to get their service users’ voices heard – whilst recognising the costs incurred by the VCS to make engagement activities happen.

VCS organisations, groups or clubs delivering focus groups on behalf of the Involving Medway programme can receive a payment between £100 and £150, depending on the number of participants.

The VCS Focus Group model is now live and MVA will be inviting you to participate. This is how it works:

-  VCS invited to complete a FREE online Focus Group Facilitator training session (approx. 60-90 min duration) and become recognised as a Competent Facilitator.

-  Depending on the research topic (and the service user voices we therefore need to hear from), Competent Facilitators will be asked to join a research topic briefing session.

-  Following the research briefing, Competent Facilitators will then be asked to deliver a focus group within their own organisation (with their own service users and/or other community members). Focus groups will be supported by the CCG’s engagement team. Once completed, they will need to send the results of the focus group to MVA for compilation and reporting to the CCG.

-  On receipt of the completed focus group report from the Competent Facilitator, MVA will release a payment to the organisation in recognition of the work required to undertake the focus group.

We hope that the VCS welcome this powerful opportunity to ensure the ‘voice’ of your service users and beneficiaries is heard on upcoming topics that the CCG are exploring – the most current one being the improvement of Outpatient Services in Medway.

You can complete the online training at any time and the initial Outpatient research briefing sessions are being held on 3 December 2019 and 7 January 2020.

To register your interest in participating in Involving Medway’s VCS Focus Group model, please contact Medway Voluntary Action on:, or 01634 812850.

If you have any volunteers in your organisation who are looking for some personal development opportunities, then you might be interested in the Community Health Researcher volunteering opportunity also available as part of the Involving Medway programme. For further details about this volunteering role and how to apply, visit MVA's website or contact MVA.




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