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One Accountable Officer across all Kent and Medway CCGs

Glenn Douglas is now Accountable Officer across our eight CCGs; following final decisions by both Thanet and South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups to join the strategic commissioner proposals. We are developing plans for what commissioning...

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Heart of local care conference attracts 200 people

Getting local care right for patients means health and social care professionals truly working as multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) and cutting out the amount of jargon the NHS uses.     That was the key message when more than 200 people came together last...

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Preventing ill-health is better than cure – a prevention workstream update

Our prevention workstream is led by the two Directors of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark, Kent County Council, and James Williams, Medway Council. Its vision is for care to shift from looking after people when they fall ill or lose their ability to live independently to supporting people to stay well in body and mind.

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Helping pregnant women quit smoking – success of support in women’s homes

One of the big targets for the STP is to reduce the number of smokers in the population as a whole and, particularly, in expectant mothers.

The council public health departments and the NHS have jointly been trying out a new way of targeting pregnant women in Medway, South Kent Coast, Swale and Thanet, with a very personalised service.

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Sugar Smart Medway

The national campaign encourages local authorities, organisations, workplaces, and individuals to reduce the amount of sugar we all eat and drink.

Currently, the Medway public health team is working with local people to find out their views on sugar and how much they consume. This kicked off at a public health event at Medway Park on Sunday 15 April which saw 546 residents attend a fun day, run by the ‘Tri for You’ programme.

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April 2018 Programme Board meeting update

The Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Programme Board met on 9 April 2018. Prevention ‘deep dive’ The Programme Board’s meeting structure allows for occasional ‘deep dives’ – lengthier discussion and more detailed scrutiny of...

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Stroke consultation closes

Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation on urgent stroke services. The consultation closed on Friday 20 April and all feedback is now being analysed. Patricia Davies, senior responsible officer for the stroke review, said: “During the consultation...

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Our response to SONIK challenge to the Joint Committee

On 23 March 2018 Save Our NHS In Kent (SONIK) presented a letter to the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups for the Kent and Medway Review of Urgent Stroke Services.  The response to that letter, from Dr Mike Gill, Chair of the Joint Committee, is below....

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