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Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway – publication of plan

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 23/11/2016 16:31:49

The NHS, social care and public health in Kent and Medway today publish their draft plan for transforming services to meet the changing needs of local people.

Jointly developed by the NHS, Kent County Council and Medway Council, the Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) sets out a vision for better health, wellbeing and standards of care for people in Kent and Medway, and achieving more with the staff and funding available.

Benefits local people can expect to see from the changes set out in the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan are:

  • joined up services to treat and care for you at home and support you to leave hospital as soon as you are medically fit to leave: “your own bed is the best bed”
  • health and social care professionals coming together to work as a single team for your local area, able to access your records 24 hours a day (with your consent)
  • a modern approach to health and social care services using the best technology, from booking your appointment online to virtual (but secure) consultations, online assessment and diagnostic systems, and advice on apps to monitor your health
  • timely appointments with the right professional at the right time
  • care for you as a whole, for both your physical and mental health
  • regular monitoring if you have complex health conditions affecting your physical or mental health, or both
  • more support from voluntary and charitable organisations which already play such an important part in our communities
  • better access to health improvement advice and services to help you improve and manage your own health and so reduce your risk of serious illness
  • “social prescribing” - information to help you access relevant support from voluntary, charitable and local community groups or services
  • quality hospital care when you need it – and more care, treatment and support out of hospital when you don’t.

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