Kent and Medway Integrated Care System

From 1 July 2022, integrated care systems have been established across England.

An integrated care system is when all organisations involved in health and social care work together in different, more joined-up ways. The focus is on providing care in a way that benefits patients - not what is easiest for organisations.

Kent and Medway Integrated Care System brings together partners from across services and organisations that support health and wellbeing to deliver one vision:

We will work together to make health and wellbeing better than any partner can do alone.

Find out more about what the partners in the Kent and Medway Integrated Care System want to achieve for people in Kent and Medway.

Integrated Care Partnership

An important part of the Kent and Medway Integrated Care System is the Integrated Care Partnership. This is where the NHS, local councils including KCC, and the wider community come together with the aim of improving the care, health, and wellbeing of the population of Kent and Medway. This will look beyond the provision of health and care services and also aim to make positive improvements in the wider factors that impact on our health, including housing, education, employment, community safety and the environment we live in. The Partnership will develop an Integrated Care Strategy that will set out how the health and care needs of people in Kent and Medway will be met, based on data and feedback about what people need.

We are also working in the 4 Health and Care Partnerships that have been set up to cover different parts of Kent and Medway. They can focus services on areas of:

  • greatest need
  • help to reduce health inequalities
  • improve life expectancy.

Health and Wellbeing Board

Health and Wellbeing Boards were established to make sure that health and care services are meeting the needs of local people. The role of the Kent Health and Wellbeing Board includes developing a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment to provide information about health and care needs in Kent and encouraging joint working between health and care providers where this will improve services for people.