Our Case for Change – Kent and Medway’s Plan to Improve Local Health and Social Care25-Apr-2017
Leaders from the NHS in Kent and Medway, along with Kent County Council and Medway Council, have published a plan which sets out why services need to change to meet the needs of local people, and they want you to get involved to help shape and influence good health and social care in your area.
It can be said that as our population grows, and with more people living with long-term conditions, the demands on services will always change and increase.
Services are not necessarily designed for the needs of today or of the future; as a result it is starting to be a challenge to keep up with those rising needs.
It can also be suggested that opportunities are not being taken to improve health and wellbeing, prevent illness and support people to manage existing conditions and stay independent.
As part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), Doctors and health and social care leaders from the NHS in Kent and Medway, Kent County Council and Medway Council, have recently published ‘Our case for Change’ – a plan that describes the current situation and looks to explain why services need to change to meet the needs of local people.
The plan details a vision for the future for health and social care services. The intention is to put local people at the heart of services, and helping people to stay well and independent in their own homes and communities and avoid being admitted to hospital.
Amongst the topics it covers, it sets out how the services want to:
- Improve the health and wellbeing of local people
- Deliver high-quality, joined-up health and social care
- Offer access to the right care and support in the right place, at the right time
- Make sure NHS and social care staff are not under so much pressure, so that they can deliver the caring ethos of the NHS and social care
- Better meet people’s needs within the funding available
- Build health and care services that are sustainable for years to come.
The sentiment and intention from the health and social care groups is to grow services that meet the needs patients in the local communities, closer to where people live.
They are also calling for local people to get involved in helping shape these plans for the future of NHS and social care services in Kent and Medway, and over the coming weeks and months there will be opportunities for staff and local people to share their views and contribute to the development of these plans.