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Who we are

NHS South Kent Coastal CCG comprises a group of dedicated healthcare professionals responsible for deciding what 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 Shepway district, Dover and Deal. This includes most hospital and community NHS-funded services, though not primary care or specialised services. We are a membership organisation, representing all 30 GP practices in our area. We have a governing body answerable to the member practices, led by elected local GPs, other clinicians and lay members supported by senior healthcare managers. 

The CCG has control of the £253m allocated by 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.

Find out more about our main providers below:

Our Annual Operating Plan (AOP) 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.