Kent and Medway: A great place to live, work and learn
Our health and social care workforce is crucial to delivering our vision of Quality of Life, Quality of Care and transformation is urgently needed to address the quality, service and workforce challenges in health and social care. Our ambition in Kent and Medway is to be a great place to:
We want our:
- People to work together across health and social care, enjoy their work, learn in their jobs and be empowered, engaged and developed to be good at what they do.
- Employers to work together to attract and retain the right health and social care professionals, through talented and capable leadership and the offer of attractive, flexible and interesting careers.
- Population to have the skills and support to help them manage their own health and care with confidence and with the right support to achieve their health, social and community outcomes and goals.
In Kent and Medway we have more than 83,800 people working in health and social care roles. We recognise there are some critical workforce challenges that need to be address and aim to tackle these through the development of a Kent and Medway Academy for Health and Social Care, working to:
- promote Kent and Medway as a great place to work
- maximise supply of health and social care workforce
- create lifelong careers in health and social care
- develop our system leaders and encourage culture change
- improve workforce wellbeing, inclusion and workload to increase retention.
Workforce Transformation Plan
Nationally, workforce is increasingly recognised as the number one challenge facing health and social care. There is increasing pressure to find credible solutions to this challenge because:
- demand for services is increasing
- the population is ageing
- more people are living with long-term and multiple health needs.
Our Workforce Transformation Plan sets out our commitment to work together to prioritise actions that will have the biggest impact on addressing our workforce challenges. We strongly believe this focus will support the system-wide transformation needed to provide the people of Kent and Medway with a better quality of life and a better quality of care.
The Kent and Medway Organisational Development Toolkit
This Kent and Medway Organisational Development Toolkit (996 downloads) has been developed by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership to support health and social care professionals to collaborate and work effectively across organisational boundaries with the ultimate goal of transforming health and social care for the people we serve.
We have used the best practice tools, techniques and resources already developed by partner organisations, the NHS Leadership Academy and training hubs (CEPNs), as well as introducing new resources to support us in leading colleagues through change.
We hope this will be helpful to colleagues who are developing new models and teams in local care clusters, primary care networks or other parts of the system – leading them through new ways of working, understanding personal working styles and improving communication.
If you work outside of the Kent and Medway health and social care system, please contact the team before using or sharing this resource.