The four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) of Ashford; Canterbury & Coastal, South Kent Coast, and Thanet are working together to transform the local NHS and provide better care for all our patients in in east Kent. East Kent as an NHS area covers a combined population of around 700,000 people.
The NHS in east Kent published a Case for Change in 2016 and has been working hard since then to bring improvements to local services. You can read about some of the improvements already happening in Better health and care for east Kent: You said we did (Oct 2018).
Our plans cover all aspects of NHS services including GPs, community nursing and therapy, hospital care and mental health. We are also working closely with the ambulance service, social care, care homes and local voluntary and community organisations.
Engaging with patients, the public and other stakeholders has been an important part of developing our plans from the original case for change through to our current proposals. Summary of engagement work since 2015.
Towards the end of 2018 the NHS held public listening events and ran a survey to discuss potential options for changing hospital and local care services in east Kent. At these events doctors and other NHS leaders discussed with local people:
- the benefits change could bring
- how services outside hospitals are developing to maximise the care people get locally
- how two options for hospital services might affect people across east Kent
- the next steps towards public consultation.
Thank you to everyone who attended our latest round of listening events or filled out a survey. If you missed the events, you can view the presentation on our website, and listen to audio recordings of all the events here. You can also understand more about our reasons for change and what our ambition is, by watching this short film.
The Sustainable Health Care in East Kent Joint Committee of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups is leading work on possible changes to hospital services in east Kent and in February 2019 will consider reports about the engagement activity and proposals for change.
As the work progresses, you can find more information here: https://kentandmedway.nhs.uk/where-you-live/plans-east-kent/the-story-so-far/