The five-year plan and priorities for Kent and Medway
The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, set out an exciting and inspiring vision for the future of healthcare. We have worked with our health and care partners and local people to develop a five year strategy which will deliver on the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan for local people.
The Kent and Medway response
Our five year plan, created by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, describes our priorities and actions to continuously improve the health and wellbeing of our population and to address the challenges of our health and care system. To develop the plan we engaged widely with patients, residents and partners.
Health and social care partners across the county have committed to invest in population health, ensuring prevention is part of every single health and care pathway.
By taking positive action on underlying issues, such as smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption, we will reduce deaths and disability caused by cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and some cancers such as lung and colon.
Additionally, we know that feeling lonely has a major impact on both our physical and mental health. Together, we need to do more to tackle deprivation and social isolation.
We plan to improve outcomes for all major conditions. This is underpinned by an overriding principle that we focus on the person and their needs and goals, not just a condition.
Our plan also includes a commitment to:
- Continue to improve cancer services and make sure more cancers are diagnosed earlier and more people survive cancer.
- Focus on mental health, expand mental health services and better look after the physical health of people with severe mental illness.
- Make sure children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities, learning disabilities and autism - and their families and carers - receive the care and support they need and deserve.
The plan is a call to action for a fundamental change in the way care is delivered in Kent and Medway that will enable us all to lead our best lives.
To deliver this plan, and meet the LTP ambition that Kent and Medway becomes an integrated care system. This involves health and care services working together more effectively at different levels, including:
- forty two primary care networks, where GPs work across multiple surgeries and with wider partners to offer more services in the community
- four integrated care partnerships, which draw together all the NHS organisations in a given area and work more closely with social care and other local authority departments.