Posted by Amanda Crawford at 26/05/2016 17:30:18
Thanet residents have had the opportunity to ask about the future of integrated healthcare and social care at patient-focused event organised by NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Taking place at the GloGen Centre on Margate’s Westwood Business Park on 19 May, the half-day event also brought together Thanet GPs and others from healthcare and social care – including the voluntary sector.
NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Clinical Chair, Dr Tony Martin, said: “We’re very keen for the people of Thanet to be involved and engaged as we move towards integrated care in east Kent. The event enabled us to hear patients’ and carers’ experiences – and this feedback is invaluable for us.”
The Thanet Health and Wellbeing Board – comprising members of the CCG and Thanet district council – has identified four Thanet-wide healthcare and social care priorities. These are mental health, children, inequalities, and frailty.
In preparation for delivering fully integrated care, Thanet is divided into the ‘localities’ of Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate and Quex – a locality which includes the Thanet villages.
The locality structure was reflected at the engagement event, with attendees attending workshops, led by locality GPs who discussed the healthcare and social care priorities.
Dr Martin said: “Thanet isn’t a homogeneous area with every town and village having the same needs and wants. Integrated care recognises this – and that’s why we have to focus on what works best in improving the health of Thanet’s people.”
He added: “If someone has a stroke, that patient needs the different NHS organisations and social care to work together. Their needs might be physical, psychological, financial and maybe accommodation -related.
“This means that we have to look at the patient’s life as whole – and not just the illness. That’s the essence of integrated care, what we’re working towards delivering.”
NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group buys and plans the healthcare for the people of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs