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Public invited to listening events to help shape the future of health and care

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 25/01/2017 18:47:00

Local people are being invited tolistening events in February to support the development of plans to improve health and care in east Kent. 

Events will be hosted by each of east Kent’s four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs):

  • South Kent Coast event:  Wednesday 1 February 2017, 10.00-1.00, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
  • Canterbury and Coastal event: Friday 3 February 2017, 10.00-1.00, Canterbury Cricket Club
  • Ashford event: Friday 17 February, 1.00 - 4.00, Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford.
  • Thanet event: Tuesday 21 February, 10.00-1.00, The Global Generation Centre, Margate.

In autumn 2016 the initial Kent and Medway Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) was published.  It sets out a vision for the future, and an ambition for changing health and social care. Now there is a need for more detailed plans to look at how the STP could work in practice. Committees of local doctors, NHS chief executives, and councils, with input from patient groups and voluntary and community groups, are getting this more detailed work underway.  

The listening events will be an opportunity to discuss first-hand the criteria that will be used to ensure the plans are robust and will work for each and every community. 

“It’s vitally important that any changes made to health and care in east Kent ere developed in partnership with the wider community. So these events are an excellent opportunity to find out more about what we are doing to improve local care and to help shape the future. We hope many of you will join us as we work together to develop the best possible health and care system,” said Dr Jonathan Bryant, clinical chair, NHS South Kent Coast CCG.

The events are free but advance booking is required on info.eastkent@nhs.net

NHS South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group buys and plans the healthcare for the people of Dover, Deal, Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh.