Bringing the NHS Long Term Plan to life

Medicine and healthcare never stop changing and getting better. New ways of delivering care are continually being developed in the UK and across the world.

The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January, sets out an exciting and inspiring vision for the future of healthcare during the next 10 years. It has been developed by doctors, nurses, patients and families.

Ambitious but realistic, the plan sets out the areas the NHS wants to make better and deliver better care that our communities want and need – now and into the future.

At the plan’s heart, there are three core aims to:

  • Make sure everyone gets the best start in life
  • Deliver world-class care for major health problems
  • Support people to age well

There is a clear vision for how care needs to change and the priority areas for advances with a focus of delivering world-class care for major health problems. Areas of focus include:

  • giving everyone the best start in life through better maternity services and joining up services from birth to age 25, particularly improving care for children with long-term conditions like asthma, epilepsy and diabetes with better mental health support in schools and colleges
  • faster and better diagnosis, treatment and care for the most common killers, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung disease, improving survival rates
  • supporting families and individuals with mental health problems, making it easier to access talking therapies and transforming how the NHS responds to people experiencing a mental health crisis
  • faster and appropriate care in the community and in care homes to prevent avoidable admissions for frail and older people.

You can read it here.

Developing a Kent and Medway response

It’s our job to develop a five-year plan that sets out how to bring these ambitions to life in Kent and Medway. While it’s an NHS plan, it’s vital that we work together with social care and you can read our joint response to the national plan here.

Whether you are NHS staff, a patient or a member of the public, you are involved in helping to shape what the plan means for your area.

The wealth of local feedback we already have on how health and care services need to improve will feed into this plan, alongside targeted engagement on areas we need to focus on.

Our Kent and Medway five year plan and an easy read summary will be published following NHS England review and approval (expected at the end of January 2020).

Engagement with stakeholders across Kent and Medway will continue beyond the publication of the plan.

During September and October 2019 we ran a range of engagement activities to raise awareness of the work, test our thinking and help shape the plan and local priorities. This included four NHS Long Term Plan events.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the public meetings and took part in surveys and other activity.  You can see the slide pack for the events and the table materials here:

You can also click on the link in each heading to find out more about what each workstream is doing to take forward the work of the Long Term Plan – and how you can get involved and give your views.

Some of our surveys have now closed. But you can still give us feedback. Email or write to us at ‘Freepost KENT & MEDWAY NHS, New Hythe Lane, Aylesford, Kent ME20 6WT.


NHS glossary of terms

Read our handy glossary of some of the language related to the NHS Long Term Plan.