Kent Integration Pioneer

The number of people living with multiple, long-term health conditions is increasing. This is a challenge to health and social care both locally and nationally, but also an opportunity for us to deliver services in a way that:

  • improves outcomes
  • improves experience of care
  • Makes best use of resources.

A clear direction is set out in the document Five Year Forward View produced in October 2014 on how this challenge will be met and how the NHS will work with local communities and local authorities to transform care and health.

The Integrated Care Pioneer Programme is designed to support the transformation of Health and Social Care. Kent became one of 14 National Integrated care pioneers in 2013 and since then a further 11 sites around the country joined the programme in 2015. All 25 pioneer sites are working on developing and testing new and innovative ways of joining up health and social care to provide support and earlier treatment for people in their own home and communities. This is intended to reduce the number of people needing emergency care in hospital or long stay in care homes. The programme has been running for 2 years with progress to date highlighted in in the report People Helping People Year 2 of the Pioneer Programme.

Since becoming a Pioneer there has been a huge amount of activity across all seven Clinical Commissioning Groups, Kent County Council and partners in the independent and voluntary sectors. Following on from this all Health and Social care systems have now been asked to create their own ambitious local blueprint for accelerating implementation of the Five Year Forward View.

The local blueprints known as The Kent and Medway Five Year Forward View will be built on the needs of local populations for long term, sustainable care and health services and will:

  • Engage patients, staff and communities from the start, developing priorities through the eyes of those who use and pay for the NHS
  • Develop services that reflect the needs of patients and improve outcomes by 2020/21 and  help close the three gaps across the health and care system that were highlighted in the Five Year Forward View:
    • Health and wellbeing,
    • Care and quality, and
    • Finance and efficiency
  • Mobilise local energy and enthusiasm and develop the partnerships needed to deliver services in future
  • Provide a better way of spreading and connecting successful local initiatives, providing a platform for investment from the Sustainability and Transformation Fund
  • Develop a coherent national picture that will help national bodies support what local areas are trying to achieve.
  • Require the NHS at both the local and national level, to work in partnership across organisational boundaries and sectors.

Our work in Kent on integration and innovation is recognised both nationally and internationally. We have been working with International partners on a range of products most recently the Room for Life Project with our colleagues in Zeeland. Our integration work is ongoing with many exciting plans for the future which will be generated through Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation which was formally launched on 13th June 2016.

Kent's Integrated Care Pioneer programme is a partnership including Kent's seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Adult Social care, Kent Community Health Foundation Trust, Kent and Medway Partnership Trust for mental health, Hospital Trusts in Kent and district councils. The partnership also includes the independent and voluntary sector and Healthwatch and is supported through the Better Care Fund.

Local services

Find out how services will be delivered in your area through your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):