The Medway, North and West Kent Delivery Board meets monthly.  This update provides an overview of what was discussed at its meeting on 22 September 2017.

The Board recently commissioned a detailed analysis of the overarching Kent and Medway Case for Change, to identify elements of relevance and significance for people living in the Medway, North and West Kent areas.  Following discussion at its September meeting the Board agreed that cancer, elective care, diagnostics (including endoscopy, CT, MRI), specialist care in cardiology, neurology and dementia, and services for children and families should be early clinical priorities for their delivery programme.  These emerging priority areas will sit alongside ongoing work to deliver more ‘local care’ (joining up health services delivered outside of hospital settings in local communities, and with social care services, such as that described in the Medway Model), and to improve stroke services in the area.

The Board recognised that the Kent and Medway STP Clinical Board is also reviewing its clinical strategy and priorities for the next period. It is committed to aligning with those whilst making sure they give the right focus to making improvements in areas most needed by people in the west and north of Kent.  It is expected that the full list of clinical priorities will be agreed by the end of 2017.

At its September meeting the Board also discussed progress and challenges within the ‘productivity’ workstream and areas of focus for Medway, North and West Kent organisations.  There was discussion on the urgent need to tackle staffing challenges, for example, through working across organisational boundaries to align agency and bank rates; developing shared temporary staffing arrangements; and taking a collaborative – rather than competitive – approach to recruitment, retention and training. The Delivery Board is also looking at how Medway, North and West Kent STP partners can work together to generate efficiencies in the way they run corporate and back office services and purchase supplies and some clinical support services; including medicines and pathology services.

The Board endorsed inviting a member of the STP Patient and Public Advisory Group to future meetings, to help give a patient/public perspective to the discussions and to support and help shape their plans for engagement activity on their work over the coming months.

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