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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's the first time we have all worked together in this way and it gives us a unique opportunity to improve health and social care over the next five years.

Our draft Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) sets out how 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.

It's a work in progress

We will only be able to decide on and make any changes after consultation with people in the community.

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.  

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.

Further information

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Have your say

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

We will do all we can 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.

In the meantime, we ask you to help us shape our ideas and plans by completing our survey.
The survey closes on Friday, 23 December.