Long Term Plan engagement events

Join us at one of four events to help shape our five year plan for health and care in Kent and Medway


The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, sets out an exciting and inspiring vision for the future of healthcare over the next 10 years. It’s our job to bring this to life in Kent and Medway by developing a local plan to cover the next five years. We need you to help shape our plan.

We’re holding four evening events in September 2019 so we can get your views on some of our priority areas. Details of how to book are below. The events will run from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Book your place now using the links below or by phoning 01622 211940.

We want to hear from you – this is your local plan and we need you to test our thinking and help shape the plan and our local priorities.

Dr Bob Bowes, one of the GPs leading improvements to how services are planned in Kent and Medway, said: “The NHS Long Term Plan aims to make sure we help everyone get the best start in life, deliver world class care for major health problems and support people to age well.


“Our five year plan for Kent and Medway will reflect these aims and we’re also building on what local people have told us is important to them – more help to stay well and in control of their health, more care closer to home and to be seen as a ‘whole person’ rather than a set of symptoms or problems.


“We’re now focusing on key areas, such as improving cancer services, supporting children and young people and tackling mental health issues. Local people will have thoughts, ideas and experiences about these services it’s important we hear and take on board these as we develop our plan. The events are informal and we’re there to listen; we want to hear from you as much as possible.”

We’ve designed the events so that you can talk to us about how we can tackle some of our major health challenges.

The events are informal and we’re there to listen; we want to hear from you as much as possible. We’ve designed the events so that you can talk to us about how we can tackle some of our major health challenges. Click on the headings to find out more about the topics for discussion

Prevention – tackling the causes of ill health such as smoking, obesity and alcohol

Reducing the number of people who smoke to an all-time low in line is something that’s wanted across the country, with the national commitment to make England a smoke-free country by 2030, along with tackling the underlying causes of alcohol and obesity, including environments that make obesity more likely. But we need your help on how to do this.

Digital – making the most of technology

Our plan will also look at how we make sure that people get the care they need in a way that suits them – sometimes using technology better. We want to explore with people how we can make it easier and more convenient for them to access services and support – such as GP and outpatient appointments – by phone or online.

Cancer – faster and better diagnosis and improved treatment and care

We want to improve early diagnosis and survival rates for cancer, particularly breast, bowel and cervical cancer. We want to know how we can make it easier for people to get help sooner and attend their routine screening, as well as what we can do to improve how we look after people diagnosed with cancer.

Local and primary care

Tell us how we can build vibrant communities to provide support for those issues which impact on people’s health and wellbeing, such as loneliness and social isolation. Some of the ideas we’d like to talk to you about include how you might feel about seeing someone other than your family doctor to help you with the health and care issues that matter to you.

Children’s services

It’s important that local children, young people and their parents and carers help us design services which are fit for the future to give children and young people the best start in life. We’d like to get your ideas on how we can improve the uptake of childhood screening and vaccinations, improve care for children and long term conditions and complex needs and support children young people and their families with their mental health.

Mental health

How can we make sure that everyone can get the wellbeing and mental health support that they need? We want to get your views on how people can get the support they need more easily – people of all ages who might be struggling with the mental impacts of social pressures and physical illness as well as those with a serious mental illness.  As well as providing help, how can we support people to stay mentally well? Are there ways that technology and digital solutions can help improve the wellbeing and mental health of our communities?