In Kent and Medway, we want our children and young people to get the best start in life with better physical health, mental health and wellbeing.

The NHS and local councils are working together to improve health and care services for children and young people.

We’re also working with children, young people and their families to understand what works well, and what we need to improve.

As well as our survey, which runs to the end of September, we are planning events and focus groups with a wide range of people.

We’ve also been working with Healthwatch Kent to speak to children and young people. With their help, we’ve heard what 297 children and young people think about children’s services.

They talked to Healthwatch Kent about a wide range of services including:

  • dentists
  • sexual health 
  • carers support
  • mental health
  • support in schools

You can find out more about what we heard in the report from Healthwatch Kent.

We are using the feedback we received to directly help us improve services.

Rachel Jones, Senior Responsible Officer for services for children and young people for Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, said:

“We are proud to work very closely with Healthwatch in Kent and Medway to improve health and care services for local people.

“It’s important to us that the views of local people directly inform our decisions and the work carried out by Healthwatch Kent and Healthwatch Medway supports this. We are grateful for their support to help us hear from such a diverse range of people.

“We are currently engaging on a number of priority areas to help us build our five year plan for health and care for the future. These priorities include mental health, children’s services, primary care, and system transformation.

“We are grateful for the support from Healthwatch Kent and Healthwatch Medway which has focussed on children and young people’s services and the feedback we’ve heard in this report has already been shared and discussed with our clinicians and professionals. 

“We are continuing to talk to children, young people, parents and carers  and plan to have more detailed conversations about specific services with communities across the county. The feedback will directly help us develop a five year plan for health and social care for children and young people in Kent and Medway.”

Have your say

Fill out our survey, which is live until the end of September 2019. You can find out more about it in our news section.

You can also write to us at comms.kentandmedway@nhs.net or FREEPOST, Kent and Medway NHS.