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.

The STP slide pack is long and complex, so we have updated our summary, Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway with the key information from the STP. There is also a glossary to explain abbreviations and the terms used, and a set of frequently asked questions, with further information.

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 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 services 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.

Our pledge to you

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

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

In the New Year, along with more detailed information about the STP, we will publish a timetable for engaging with the public in Kent and Medway in 2017. 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 which has details of the local clinical commissioning group websites where you can find out how you can have your say.

Read our Case for Change.

You can also join our Health Network to keep in touch with what is going on and make sure you can have your say at the appropriate time. Please spare the time to get involved – we need to hear from as many people as possible to get this right for the whole community.

The STP survey on local care, which ran from 13 October to 23 December 2016, has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part. The results will be analysed and fed into the plan.

If you have any queries, or would like to invite someone to attend a local or community group to talk about the STP, please email km.stp@nhs.net

Read our FAQs

Glossary and acronyms

Please get involved

Join the Swale Health Network today and have your say in how local services are commissioned.