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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.
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
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.
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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
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.