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Transforming services in Medway

Find out more about what’s happening to improve health and social care services in Medway.

Watch our film about plans to improve health and care services

This film explains more about plans to improve health and care services in Kent and Medway. You can hear from local people and their families, from doctors and other health and social care professionals about how new ways of working are already changing things for the better. The film explains why we want to offer more care in our local communities to help people stay well, be able to better manage existing conditions and free up valuable time and resources in hospital to care for the most seriously ill patients.

Glenn Douglas appointed as Chief Executive of Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

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.”

Voluntary sector organisation leaders invited to meeting on joint working

The Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership is inviting leaders from voluntary and community organisations in Kent and Medway to join a meeting to discuss opportunities for greater partnership and joint working.

Meeting dates and venues

  • Tuesday 17 October: 9.00am to 1.00pm at Canterbury Cricket Ground
  • Wednesday 18 October: 12.30pm to 4.15pm at Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided at both meetings. In Canterbury, lunch will be served at 12:15. In Maidstone lunch will be available from 12:30 and the meeting will begin promptly at 13:30.

Purpose and objectives

The meeting will be designed as a two-way information sharing session, covering the following key areas:

  • an update on the work of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation partnership
  • discussion about how the voluntary sector plays a key role and how we can ensure it is a key part of the delivery of transformation plans for Kent and Medway in all four priority areas – prevention, local care, mental health and hospital care
  • what opportunities for partnership working the STP presents for voluntary sector organisations working in Kent and Medway
  • discussion about how the STP can better work with the voluntary sector to deliver transformation plans in partnership – what do local organisations need from the STP and what does the STP need from them

The key objectives of the meeting are to:

  • 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.

Listening events – new dates

We’re pleased to announce further dates for our series of listening events:

For all dates and venues click here.

We are holding the series of events to find out your views and answer questions about how best to redesign your local NHS and social care services and how to make better use of our hospitals.  These events are for members of the public – the users of local health and social care services.

The events will also give people a chance to:

  • understand how GP practices are planning on working together across local areas and what difference it will make to patients
  • hear about improvements in care being provided by GP practices and a wider teams of professionals to support the frailest patients with complex needs both in and out of hospital
  • hear about the challenges faced by the hospital and their thinking around emergency treatment, stroke, and planned care for orthopaedics (hip and knees)

There will be information about the wider plans for transforming health and social care services across Kent and Medway as part of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Each event will have representatives from the local NHS, social care and public health teams to answer your questions.

We have tried to run events at different times and in a wide spread of locations across the county in the hope that they are accessible for those that are working as well as those that are not.  However if you are unable to attend one of our listening events there are other ways to tell us what you think.

Click here to see our latest update and share your views with us.

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