South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust’s, (SECAmb) Community Paramedic Programme in Whitstable, Canterbury, Faversham and Deal is helping to keep, on average, 15 patients per day out of hospital and treated closer to home.

Paramedics and paramedic practitioners undertake some home visits on behalf of GP surgeries while also being responsible for most of the 999 emergency calls in the area. GPs determine which patients are suitable for a paramedic visit, allowing the patient to receive a quicker response and GPs to focus on seeing patients in their surgeries.

Being locally-based, allows the teams to build closer relationships with patients, local community teams and GP practices, as well as providing a more responsive and effective service.

The approach is shows how we can transform how care is delivered locally. Similar models are already being trialled in other areas of Kent. Plans are being developed to roll these out across the whole region.