System Transformation Workstream

The system transformation workstream is currently focused on establishing a strategic commissioning function across the eight clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway. The workstream will also be looking at establishing integrated care systems to meet the challenges set out in the NHS Five Year Forward view.

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Strategic commissioning

In March/April 2018 the eight CCGs in Kent and Medway agreed to establish a single strategic commissioning function for issues where it makes sense to work together and commission services for the whole population (approximately 1.8 million people).

Making strategic commissioning decisions across the eight CCGs is good because it provides consistency and reduces duplication. It will help improve services for patients by reducing variation in quality and access to care; driving up standards across all providers.

The clinical commissioning groups will continue to work individually on local issues and in two groups of four on regional issues (East Kent and Medway, North & West Kent). The detail of which commissioning responsibilities are done and which level is still being established. We will provide updates as the design work progresses.

Integrated care systems

The NHS is moving towards a new way of delivering services which breaks down the divisions between different organisations. The NHS is made up of lots of different organisations including General Practice (family doctors), hospitals, community, and mental health services. Social care provided by councils is also a key part of providing complete care.

Local services can provide better and more joined-up care for patients when different organisations work together. For staff, improved collaboration can help to make it easier to work with colleagues from other organisations. And systems can better understand data about local people’s health, allowing them to provide care that is tailored to individual needs.

In Kent and Medway the integrated care system will be across the whole area (covering the population of 1.8 million). We will also work at more local levels within individual Clinical Commissioning Group areas and two ‘sub-systems’:

  • East Kent
  • Medway, North and West Kent

 

System transformation news:

One Accountable Officer across all Kent and Medway CCGs

Glenn Douglas is now Accountable Officer across our eight CCGs; following final decisions by both Thanet and South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups to join the strategic commissioner proposals. We are developing plans for what commissioning...

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New shared accountable officer for six CCGs

25 April 2018 update: Since publishing this article both Thanet and South Kent Coast CCGs have joined the shared accountable officer arrangements. Six clinical commissioning groups across Kent and Medway have today announced the appointment of Glenn Douglas as their...

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