A leadership event

Our One Year On conference recognised and acknowledged the work of the STP so far, and brought together partners and colleagues to discuss our next steps and priority areas of focus as we develop our health and care system to successfully and sustainably meet the health and well-being needs of the people of Kent and Medway.

Around 300 people attended our One Year On Conference. Delegates were drawn from a wide variety of groups and professions including clinical and managerial leaders from health and social care, district and borough councils, patient groups, and community and voluntary sector organisations.

Attendees main reasons for attending were to learn more about the STP and to progress the work of the STP.  Attendees rated the conference as ‘good’ with over 80% of delegates confirming that their expectations were met.

There was a good Twitter debate with over 100 tweets on the subjects raised during the day. The conference tweets reached a further 9,600 people. Over 120 questions were submitted using Slido, an audience interaction platform whereby you submit questions to the speakers via your smartphone, in real time.

After the success of the conference, we now need to continue working together to ensure progress is made on the key areas we’ve identified as priorities for the next period.

A briefing with local MPs

A briefing for all Kent and Medway MPs took place in Parliament on 7 November 2017.  We wanted to update them on the progress of the Kent and Medway’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and answer any questions they might have on behalf of their constituents.

The briefing focused on seven key areas:

  • Improve A&E performance and deliver ‘winter’ – ensuring coordinated preparations across health and social care
  • Improve stroke outcomes through reconfiguration
  • Implement local care – eight pilots in Kent, Medway Model
  • Drive a solution for east Kent acute services
  • Progress ‘system transformation
  • Deliver substantial productivity savings
  • Develop our clinical strategy
  • Work to secure a new medical school for Kent and Medway

In particular, we asked our local MPs for their ongoing help and support to:

  1. Help us secure a new medical school for Kent and Medway: supporting the joint Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Health Education England for a new medical school. Medical schools are known to boost local recruitment and retention.
  2. Support continuing national investment in the NHS and social care: especially to train and recruit more nurses, doctors, social workers and other health and social care professionals. This requires national as well as regional and local investment.
  3. Help us promote our case for change with the public in Kent and Medway: People in Kent and Medway need to understand that we have to change our health and care services to meet their changing needs, and more consistently meet national quality standards, providing sustainable services over the long-term.

Representing the partnership, the meeting was attended by Glenn Douglas, CEO of the Kent and Medway STP, Paul Carter CBE, Leader, Kent County Council, Peter Oakford, Deputy Leader, Kent County Council, Anu Singh, Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health, Kent County Council, Alan Jarrett, Leader, Medway Council, Ian Sutherland, Director of Children and Adults Services, Medway Council, Dr Diana Hamilton-Fairley, Medical Director, Medway NHS Foundation Trust and Co-Chair of the Kent and Medway Clinical and Professional Board, and Caroline Selkirk, Accountable Officer, NHS Medway CCG, and Senior Responsible Officer for the Local Care workstream.

Collaborating with third sector colleagues

In response to feedback from voluntary and community sector colleagues, two meetings took place in October in Canterbury and Maidstone inviting VCS organisations across Kent and Medway to join a meeting to discuss opportunities for greater partnership and joint working.

The meetings were designed as two-way information sharing sessions with the following objectives:

  • support members of local voluntary sector organisations to understand the work of the STP to date, current priorities and next steps
  • begin conversations about the opportunities for partnership working the STP presents to voluntary sector organisations in Kent and Medway and what the voluntary sector could offer to support the delivery of the STP
  • begin conversations between STP delivery teams and voluntary sector organisations to gain a better understanding of each other’s needs and the challenges that may need to be overcome to achieve our shared and individual ambitions
  • agree key next steps and actions that will facilitate ongoing constructive and practical working relationships between STP delivery teams and voluntary sector organisations.

Over 100 colleagues attending the meetings representing 75 VCS organisations across Kent and Medway.

The main priority to come out of these meetings was an agreement that there needs to be more strategic involvement from VCS colleagues with ongoing development of the Partnership’s plans as they develop and we are committed to ensuring this happens.

We are also committed to holding further events early in 2018.

Having your say on the new Medway Model

In November Medway CCG held two public meetings on our review of community services. 124 staff and public representatives attended to help us focus the review on what matters to people who use community health services in Medway. We also launched a survey to gather experiences and views which has had over 100 responses.

Further engagement events are being held and we welcome your feedback at these event.  More details of dates and venues can be found here.

Two reports published with the publics views about the future health and social care plans in Kent and Medway

In the Summer we commissioned Engage Kent to talk to seldom-heard groups about plans for east Kent and produce a report. This report highlights the headlines heard during the outreach engagement activities. Engage Kent visited 15 target seldom heard groups and talked to 158.  Further groups were reached through targeted digital messaging and social media.

DJS Research, independent analysts, has produced a report for us, evaluating feedback from our summer and autumn listening events about future plans for health and social care in Kent and Medway.

Patient and Public Advisory Group

The Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG) meet monthly to provide the STP with their feedback on the programme itself, and offering advice and suggestions on the communication and engagement supporting the STP.  This month, they met on the 15 November.

In addition to the workstreams: Prevention, Local care, Hospital Care, Mental Health, Productivity, Workforce, Digital, Estates, System Transformation and Communications and Engagement; PPAG members also attend the two programme delivery Boards in East Kent and Medway/North Kent and West Kent Board to ensure the views of patients and the public are always taken into account in every aspect of the work of the STP.