You may have seen that doctors and health and social care leaders in east Kent published their own ‘case for change’ in the summer last year, and wonder how that and today’s publication fit together. The Kent and Medway case for change published today is consistent with and builds on the evidence we had already started to draw together within east Kent, but also looks at issues that need to be addressed across the whole of Kent and Medway that we are now tackling together as part of the Kent and Medway sustainability and transformation plan programme.
What's this all about?
We all want health and social care services that can meet our needs now and in the future. The NHS in Kent and Medway, Kent County Council and Medway Council do their best to offer safe, compassionate and high-quality care. However, we face new challenges that mean we need to change the way we work to improve care and get better value for the money we have available.
As our population grows, and more people live with long-term conditions, the demands on our services are changing and increasing. Services are not necessarily designed for today’s or future needs, and it is becoming harder to keep up with rising costs. What’s more we aren’t making the most of opportunities to improve health and wellbeing, prevent illness and support people to manage existing conditions and stay independent.
This booklet – our case for change – describes the current situation and why change is necessary. We want you to get involved to help shape and influence good health and social care in your area.
Why do we need a case for change?
We are publishing this case for change to explain more about the thinking behind a draft plan called the Sustainability and Transformation Plan that was launched in November 2016.
What is the plan?
The draft plan explains our vision for the future. Our ambition is to put local people at the heart of services, helping people to stay well and independent in their own homes and communities and avoid being admitted to hospital. It sets out how we want to:
- improve the health and wellbeing of local people
- deliver high-quality, joined-up health and social care
- offer access to the right care and support in the right place, at the right time
- make sure NHS and social care staff are not under so much pressure that they can’t deliver the caring ethos of the NHS and social care
- better meet people’s needs within the funding we have available
- build health and care services that are sustainable for years to come.
Find out more
Read our FAQ or visit the Kent and Medway case for change website.