System Transformation Workstream
(page updated 2 October 2019)
The NHS in Kent and Medway is planning to change the way some aspects of health and care services are organised so they can provide better, more joined-up care. This is what we call system transformation and is a major focus of our work.
The intention is for Kent and Medway to become an integrated care system (ICS) with:
- GP practices working together in networks – called primary care networks
- four new ‘integrated care partnerships’ across Kent and Medway, drawing together all the NHS organisations in a given area and working more closely with health improvement services and social care
- a single commissioning organisation for Kent and Medway, led by local doctors, to take a bird’s eye view of health priorities for local people and look at where shared challenges, such as cancer and mental health, should be tackled together. This will mean the merger of the current eight clinical commissioning groups into one single CCG from 1 April 2020.
We are working towards establishing a Kent and Medway ICS by April 2021. We have published a document setting out full details of the plans, a summary version and an easy read version. You can also read our You said, we did engagement report (306 downloads) which explains how your feedback is shaping the new system, in particular views on the proposal by the eight CCGs to merge into one organisation.
More detail about the new system is available here.
Your questions answered
We don’t have all the answers yet but will keep updating and answering questions where we can and letting people know about how they can get involved as we shape more detailed plans. You can read our Frequently Asked Questions here. We also have a short glossary of terms related to integrate care systems here.
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Delivering the NHS Long Term Plan
This work will help us meet the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan which was published in January 2019, and set out priorities for the NHS in England:
- making sure everyone gets the best start in life
- delivering world-class care for major health problems
- supporting people to age well.
You can find out more about the Long Term Plan here: www.england.nhs.uk/long-term-plan/ and view a summary of the plan here: www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/the-nhs-long-term-plan-summary.pdf
You can see our initial Kent and Medway response to the Long Term Plan from January 2019 here: https://kentandmedway.nhs.uk/latest-news/nhs-long-term-plan/
System transformation news:
Message from Glenn Douglas, Paul Carter and Alan Jarrett following the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan.
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...
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...
25 April 2018 update: Since this article was posted Thanet and South Kent Coast CCGs have joined the strategic commissioner. The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Kent and Medway are looking at options for developing a strategic commissioner function that...