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Public invited to listening events about health and care

User AvatarPosted by Paul Davey at 08/02/2017 15:48:30

Local people are being invited to listening events in February to support the development of plans to improve health and care in east Kent. 

Events will be hosted by each of east Kent’s four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs):

  • South Kent Coast event:  Wednesday 1 February 2017, 10.00-1.00, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
  • Canterbury and Coastal event: Friday 3 February 2017, 10.00-1.00, Canterbury Cricket Club
  • Ashford event: Friday 17 February, 1.00 - 4.00, Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford.
  • Thanet event: Tuesday 21 February, 10.00-1.00, The Global Generation Centre, Margate.

In autumn 2016 the initial Kent and Medway Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) was published.  It sets out a vision for the future, and an ambition for changing health and social care. Now there is a need for more detailed plans to look at how the STP could work in practice. Committees of local doctors, NHS chief executives, and councils, with input from patient groups and voluntary and community groups, are getting this more detailed work underway.  

The listening events will be an opportunity to discuss first-hand the criteria that will be used to ensure the plans are robust and will work for each and every community. 

There has never been a more important or exciting time for local people to find out more and have their say about the future of health and social care. We’re developing plans to transform local care by improving access to safe and high quality services and supporting people to stay well and live happy and healthy lives.  As well as finding out what we are already doing to improve local care, these events are a great opportunity for people to influence the future.

Dr Navin Kumta, clinical chair, NHS Ashford CCG, said: 

“This is a great opportunity for people from Ashford and the surrounding area to find out more about what we are doing to improve local care and to help shape the future. We hope many will join us as we work together to develop the best possible health and care system. It is very important that any changes made to health and care in east Kent are developed in partnership with the wider community.”

The events are free but advance booking is required on info.eastkent@nhs.net

Travelling to Julie Rose stadium by public transport 

  • From Ashford International Station - bus H (towards Kennington) bus stops and waits at Kennington and then continues to Julie Rose stadium, Willesborough Rd, approx. 38mins
  • From Vicarage Lane, central Ashford - bus H to to Julie Rose stadium, Willesborough Rd, approx. 19mins