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Who we are

NHS South Kent Coast CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group)  comprises a group of dedicated healthcare professionals responsible for deciding what NHS services are provided, by whom and where. By listening to and responding to the views and needs of the population, we aim to make South Kent Coast a happier, healthier place in which to live.

We commission the majority of local health services for people in the Folkestone and Hythe district, Dover and Deal. This includes most hospital and community NHS-funded services, though not primary care or specialised services. CCGs were established under the government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012. 

CCGs are membership organisations so South Kent Coast CCG is accountable to its members, the South Kent Coast GP practices. South Kent Coast CCG is led by a governing body answerable to the member practices, led by elected local GPs, other clinicians and lay members supported by senior healthcare managers. 

Each GP practice nominates a Practice Clinical Lead and bimonthly membership meetings are held where CCG staff, practice leads and practice managers meet to discuss key issues and share updates.


The CCG has control from the Department of Health for spending on:

  • community health services - such as treatment by district nurses, advice from health visitors, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help people recover from illness or injury.
  • acute services – for people who are ill or injured and need more specialist input, often provided in this area by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. (EKHUFT).
  • mental health services - talking therapies for people with common mental health problems, and care from mental health teams for people with more complex needs.
  • the medication that patients are prescribed by their GP, consultant or other NHS practitioner.

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Our plans, reports and strategies outlines our vision and values, and responds to the priorities identified by our member practices, public and wider community.

The budget does not include the care provided by GPs themselves or their practice staff. Along with some specialist healthcare, services for service personnel, offenders and those in need of secure mental health facilities, is commissioned by the NHS Commissioning Board.