Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

We published our draft Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) on 23 November 2016. The draft sets out in broad terms what we need to do to bring about better health and wellbeing, better standards of care, and better use of staff and funds, to meet the changing needs of local people for decades to come. We work hard to deliver quality adult social care in very difficult times. We must continue to do more to promote people’s ability to improve their health and wellbeing, live independently and cope with long-term health conditions.

The STP has been developed jointly with NHS, social care and public health leaders in Kent and Medway. 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. People in Kent and Medway need safe, high quality, integrated and sustainable health and social care services that meet their needs now and into the future.

Our draft plan builds on conversations held over several years with local people about the care they want and need, and has the patient at its heart.

However, it is work in progress - we are not putting forward concrete proposals at this stage. Instead, we are sharing our ambition for the future and our thinking on where we need to focus. We want better health and wellbeing for Kent and Medway, better standards of care and better use of staff and funds to meet the changing needs of local people.

Currently, in Kent and Medway:

  • 4,000 people die early as the result of diseases which are mostly preventable
  • 240,000 people over 50 are living with long-term disability, largely as the result of health conditions. Often this could be avoided or delayed if people were more active or made other lifestyle changes
  • around one in four people in our hospital beds at any given time could be at home or cared for elsewhere. (This varies depending on area.). For older people this impacts on their recovery - 10 days in hospital (whether it is an acute (main) or community hospital ) leads to the equivalent of 10 years’ ageing in the muscles of people over 80.

To help people make the most of their lives, we want to:

  • prevent ill health
  • intervene earlier
  • have excellent care wherever it is delivered.

Working like this will also enable us to make better use of staff and funds to secure the long-term future of health and care services.

Read the plan

Get involved

We need to hear from as many people as possible to get this right for the whole community.

Complete our survey

Our survey closes on 23 December 2016.

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 (PDF, 651.4 KB) which also has details of the local clinical commissioning group websites where you can have your say.

If you have any queries contact the South East Commissioning Support Unit at emma.burns@nhs.net.

Our pledge to you

We want to get this right, and we know that we need your views to help us do that.

We will use all the means at our disposal to involve patients, carers, the public and health and care professionals at every stage.

At the appropriate time there will be a full public consultation about any substantial changes proposed, but first, we want to ask you to help us shape our ideas and plans.

We sought public opinion through the Your Life Your Wellbeing strategy consultation, and we encourage you to take part in our survey.