Transforming health and social care

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 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.

Here is a summary of the  Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway with the key information from the STP.

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 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.

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.

Check out Kent Transformation for Young People here. 

Watch our film to learn more about our ambition to improve health and care for local people

Find out more about this in our case for change.

Local care plan

Swale CCG’s Local Care plan describes how this work is progressing on a local level.  Find out more here

Getting involved

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

During 2017 a series of listening events were held about future plans for health and social care in Kent and Medway.  We asked you for your feedback to help shape the development and delivery of these plans. The report from independent analysts DJS Research shows the results and key themes emerging from the events and you can read the report here.

We will continue to seek your feedback and views on how we deliver local care in the future. Keep at look out on our website or social media for dates of future listening events.

You can also Join the DGS Health Network today and have your say in how local services are commissioned.