We are pleased to announce that, following an open recruitment process, Glenn Douglas has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. Glenn has been the Senior Responsible Officer for the Partnership since it was established in 2016, but on a part-time basis in conjunction with his chief executive role at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Speaking about his appointment, Glenn said, “I am delighted to be taking on this role on a full-time basis. Our plans to work together across health and social care to improve health and social care services in Kent and Medway are starting to take shape.  Doctors, nurses and other health professionals, alongside social care practitioners and health and local authority leaders in Kent and Medway have a clear and exciting ambition. We want to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities between different areas in our region, improve the quality of services with better clinical outcomes and patient experience, and create a sustainable system that works within the available funding.  My role is to ensure we develop detailed plans and deliver this ambition successfully, in partnership with our staff and local people.

He continued, “It is with some sadness that I leave my current role.  My time at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has been extremely rewarding.  However, I know the trust will continue to go from strength to strength, as well as remaining a key partner in the wider Kent and Medway health and care plans for the future.”

Felicity Cox, NHS England Director for the South East said, “Across the country sustainability and transformation partnerships have started to shape more collaborative ways of working between health and social care, working across organisational boundaries to improve services and ways of working for the benefit of local people. Bringing together partners from different NHS organisations as well as local authorities, voluntary and third sector colleagues, and local communities requires significant focus, commitment and dedicated leadership. Glenn’s appointment to a full-time role will strengthen what can be achieved in this way for the people of Kent and Medway.”