Having listened to our patients, carers, clinicians, staff, stakeholders and the public Kent and Medway NHS is transforming both itself and the way it intends to deliver health and care
2019 was a momentous year for the NHS in Kent and Medway as they worked with staff, stakeholders, partners and patients, carers and the public on their future plans.
Seeking views on how health services are commissioned (planned and purchased). There are eight GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across Kent and Medway, responsible for planning and spending the health budget to meet local needs. Although each of the CCGs has much to be proud of over the last six years, we now believe a single CCG is needed for Kent and Medway as part of other changes which will see all health and care services working much more closely together.
In June 2019, we published a leaflet Helping local people live their best life which set outs more details. This included a survey which ran until August, to get people’s initial views on the suggested changes. The changes include GP practices working much more closely together in primary care networks, and all the services in given areas (such as east Kent) joining up to deliver care for local people together, as an integrated care partnership (ICP).
In east Kent we held public roadshows in shopping centres, children’s centres and at community events to share the information and answer any questions. Insert how many people responded to read more
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Then in September we extended the engagement process to include discussions about the next five years and what were the priorities for Kent and Medway residents, i.e. what should be in our 5 year Kent and Medway response to the NHS Long Term Plan? (Insert link/photo of document)
From 2017 to 2019 we had collectively been working together as the Kent and Medway sustainability and transformation partnership discussing our challenges and priorities, both as a health care system and with patients and the public, staff and stakeholders - what improvements were needed?
Through a series of surveys, listening events, workshops, summits, conferences, focus groups and patient stories we had set up 16 workstreams for more details go to https://kentandmedway.nhs.uk/workstreams/ or sign up to receive our regular bulletin. https://kentandmedway.nhs.uk/kent-medway-stp-bulletins/ (Could maybe post photo) and spent time assessing our populations needs through the Kent KID (insert link). So we already had a shared sense of purpose and common vision, (insert link). Autumn 2019 we have asked local people to help us agree on what our top priorities and needs were to guide the next 5 years work.
In East Kent a hundred people came to an event at Canterbury Cricket ground and helped contribute their views to help us develop our 5 year plan which has been submitted to NHS England, and will be published in full once approved, but to read more about what we have put forward go to
Once NHS England have approved of our plans we will publish them together with a summary and easy read version.
We also have approval to form a single commissioning organisation for Kent and Medway and working towards launching this in April 2020, having recently appointed its first clinical chair Doctor Navin Kumta from Ashford.