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stp_336x280Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

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 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.

You can find out all you need to know about the STP Case for Change and answers to commonly asked questions on the dedicated STP website

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.

You can also join our membership scheme 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

  • Glenn Douglas, Senior Responsible Officer for the Kent and Medway Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan and Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Susan Acott Chief Executive,  Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
  • Dr Fiona Armstrong Clinical Chair, NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Ian Ayres Accountable Officer, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Paul Bentley Chief Executive, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Bob Bowes Clinical Chair, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Councillor David Brake Chair, Medway Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Dr Jonathan Bryant Clinical Chair, NHS South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dr Andrew Burnett Interim Director for Public Health Medway
  • Hazel Carpenter Accountable Officer, NHS South Kent Coast and NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Paul Carter CBE Leader, Kent County Council
  • Andrew Scott-Clark Director of Public Health Kent
  • Geraint Davies Acting Chief Executive, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Patricia Davies Accountable Officer, NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley and Swale Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Lesley Dwyer Chief Executive, Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • Steve Emerton Programme Director Specialised Commissioning, NHS England South East
  • Dr Peter Green Clinical Chair, NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Roger Gough Chair, Kent Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Helen Greatorex Chief Executive, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership
  • Andrew Ireland Corporate Director of Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Kent County Council
  • Councillor Alan Jarrett Leader, Medway Council
  • Bart Johnson Chief Executive, Virgin Care
  • Matthew Kershaw Chief Executive, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Navin Kumta Clinical Chair, NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dr Elizabeth Lunt Clinical Chair, NHS Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dr Tony Martin Clinical Chair, NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Simon Perks Accountable Officer, NHS Ashford and NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Dr Sarah Phillips Clinical Chair, NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Caroline Selkirk Accountable Officer, NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Philippa Spicer Director, Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex
  • Ian Sutherland Interim Director, Children and Adult Services, Medway Council

 A digital roadmap for Kent and Medway

As part of our growing library of resources and information on the STP, we’re publishing the ‘digital road map’ for Kent and Medway which looks at the IT landscape for our area and the priorities and ambitions that we have for making technology work better for patients and clinicians.