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Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

What does this mean for your hospitals?

The NHS, social care and public health in Kent and Medway are working together to plan how we will transform health and social care services to meet the changing needs of local people. 

It is the first time we have all worked together in this way and it gives us a unique opportunity to bring about positive and genuine improvement in health and social care delivery over the next five years.

Our case for change outlines sets out why we need to change the way we work to improve how we care for patients and get better value for the money we have available. You can find out more in these frequently asked questions

Our draft Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) sets out how we think services need to change over the next five years to achieve the right care for people for decades to come. It will help us deliver the Five Year Forward View, which sets out the national vision for health and social care.

A summary of the STP is available, as well as a glossary to explain the abbreviations and the terms used, and some frequently asked questions.  

It is work in progress – we are sharing our thinking on where we need to focus to bring about better health and wellbeing, better standards of care, and better use of staff and funds.

We will only be able to decide on and implement any changes following a period of engagement and consultation with staff and our communities – this is just the start of the process.

We need to do this because our current health and social care system isn’t set up to meet the needs of today’s population. Many more people are living longer – which is great – but they want and need a different kind of care.  

Although most people get good care most of the time, services are not always good enough, too many people wait too long for treatment and we can’t recruit enough staff. So, first and foremost, we need to design services that improve care for our patients.  At the same time, we are facing a big financial problem. Across Kent and Medway, health and social care have £3.4billion in funding but overspent by £141million last year. Without change, we will be looking at a gap of £486million in our budgets by 2020/21. 

The plan focuses on:

  • prevention of ill-health
  • local care  - better access to care and support in people’s own communities
  • mental health – just as important as physical health
  • hospital care – excellent wherever it is delivered.

Please get involved

Find out more about what we want to achieve and our ideas so far by reading Transforming Health and Social Care in Kent and Medway. It also has details of the local clinical commissioning group websites where you can find out how you can have your say.

To find out about opportunities to get involved in the coming months, anyone can become a member of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, or you can join your GP patient participation group or clinical commissioning group Health Network.

Thank you.

Glenn Douglas, Senior Responsible Officer for the Kent and Medway Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan and Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Susan Acott, Chief Executive,  Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Dr Fiona Armstrong, Clinical Chair, NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group

Ian Ayres, Accountable Officer, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group

Paul Bentley, Chief Executive, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Bob Bowes, Clinical Chair, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group

Councillor David Brake, Chair, Medway Health and Wellbeing Board

Dr Jonathan Bryant, Clinical Chair, NHS South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group                          

Dr Andrew Burnett, Interim Director for Public Health Medway

Hazel Carpenter, Accountable Officer, NHS South Kent Coast and NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Groups

Paul Carter CBE, Leader, Kent County Council

Andrew Scott-Clark, Director of Public Health Kent 

Geraint Davies, Acting Chief Executive, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Patricia Davies, Accountable Officer, NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley and Swale Clinical Commissioning Groups       

Lesley Dwyer, Chief Executive, Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Emerton, Programme Director Specialised Commissioning, NHS England South East

Dr Peter Green, Clinical Chair, NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group

Roger Gough, Chair, Kent Health and Wellbeing Board

Helen Greatorex, Chief Executive, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership

Andrew Ireland, Corporate Director of Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Kent County Council                               

Councillor Alan Jarrett, Leader, Medway Council

Bart Johnson, Chief Executive, Virgin Care

Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Navin Kumta, Clinical Chair, NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Elizabeth Lunt, Clinical Chair, NHS Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Tony Martin, Clinical Chair, NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group

Simon Perks, Accountable Officer, NHS Ashford and NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Groups

Dr Sarah Phillips, Clinical Chair, NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group

Caroline Selkirk, Accountable Officer, NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group                                    

Philippa Spicer, Director, Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex

Ian Sutherland, Interim Director, Children and Adult Services, Medway Council

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