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Your input is essential to our decision-making process. Public meetings and events are an ideal forum through which to discuss important issues in healthcare commissioning for the west Kent region. This page explains when and where meetings are held, and what's on the agenda.

Latest updates:

  • Edenbridge Health Services UpdateSince the decision in July to progress the development of a modern, purpose-built combined hospital and GP surgery for Edenbridge, we have been busy working hard behind the scenes. We have... 12 January 2018
  • Stroke review updateHealth commissioners from the eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Kent and Medway are preparing for a formal public consultation on stroke services, following detailed engagement and... 08 January 2018
  • You said we did: routine prescriptions of over the counter medicines in west KentThank you to everyone who took part in targeted engagement work in west Kent about possible changes to the prescribing of medicines which can be bought over the counter, without a prescription. From... 15 December 2017
  • New reports published on listening and engagement eventsDuring the summer and autumn we held a series of listening events about future plans for health and social care in Kent and Medway. We asked for your feedback to help shape the development and... 13 December 2017
  • You said we did: Gluten-free food prescriptionsRoutine prescriptions for gluten-free food in west Kent We would like to thank everyone who took part in our consultation over the winter about our proposal to stop routine prescribing of gluten-free... 06 December 2017
  • Autumn patient newsletter publishedFind out what is happening in west Kent with our latest patient newsletter.This edition includes: your guide to staying well this winter an update on the Kent and Medway Sustainability and... 28 November 2017
  • Public invited to meetings to help shape the future of local healthcare in west KentLocal people are being invited to meetings this summer to discuss plans to improve local healthcare in west Kent. Events will be hosted by NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG): ... 22 June 2017
  • West Kent listening events presentations now availableIn March 2017 we held two listening events for local people to discuss plans to improve health and social care services in west Kent. The events, hosted by NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group... 25 April 2017
  • West Kent Governing Body meeting today - Gluten free foods on prescriptionAn item on this afternoon's (28 March) NHS West Kent Governing Body agenda to discuss recommendations following a recent consultation on stopping the prescribing of gluten free foods will not be... 28 March 2017
  • Next gluten-free roadshow to be held on 7 DecemberResidents across west Kent are being asked for their views on proposals by NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning group (CCG) to stop routine prescriptions for gluten-free products for people with... 05 December 2016
  • Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway publication of planThe 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... 23 November 2016
  • Transforming health and social care in Kent and MedwayThe NHS, social care and public health in Kent and Medway are working together to plan how we will transform health and social care services to meet the changing needs of local people. It is the... 13 October 2016
  • Your views about our plans to develop a new model of careNHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like to hear from local people about our plans to develop a new model of care. As you know the NHS is making plans for how we can change the way... 06 September 2016
  • We need your opinions on Child servicesNHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like to hear from parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs, including a specific health need and those... 12 February 2016
  • Public event for the Kent and Medway Vascular service reviewNHS England is holding a public event in February as part of a review of specialist vascular services across Kent and Medway. The review has been set up to ensure that services meet national... 29 January 2016
  • Improved service for people who need community equipmentWe and the other clinical commissioning groups in Kent have been working with Kent County Council to improve services for people who need community equipment to live independently at home. ... 30 November 2015
  • Listening to stroke survivorsThe Kent and Medway Stroke Review The clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Kent and Medway are currently reviewing local stroke services. In particular, we are looking at the 72 hours after a... 13 November 2015
  • Working together to improve servicesWest Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to working and engaging with the public to ensure patient and public feedback influences decisions made to maintain, improve and create... 03 November 2015
  • Wheelchair Services survey updateThe NHS in Kent and Medway is reviewing the way Wheelchair Services are currently delivered covering provision, maintenance and repair of wheelchairs. NHS West Kent CCG is leading this review and... 30 October 2015
  • Stroke and Vascular ReviewHave you or a relative been treated in hospital for stroke, blood clots, aneurysms or circulation-related amputations? NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, which plans and buys local health... 01 July 2015
  • Join big conversation with mental health trustSussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is holding a series of public engagement events to discuss their 2020 Vision five year strategy and how it is put into practice. The Trust currently provides... 25 June 2015
  • Share your experience of local services on Healthwatch's Big Red BusThe independent voice for patients and social care users, Healthwatch Kent, is starting a tour of the county on Monday 8 June 2015. They are inviting everyone to jump on board and share their... 09 June 2015
  • Improving services for people with diabetesNHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are committed to improving services for people with diabetes, including helping people to manage their condition more effectively. At present, a... 19 May 2015
  • May meeting in publicThe governing body meeting in public of NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will take place from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at The River Centre, Medway Wharf Road, Tonbridge on Tuesday 26 May... 19 May 2015
  • West Kent Health and Wellbeing BoardThe role of the West Kent Health and Wellbeing Board is to focus on improving the health and wellbeing of local people through joined up commissioning across the NHS, social care, district councils,... 06 May 2015
  • PPG Chairs and West Kent CCG's Chair celebrate PPG Awareness WeekPPG Chairs and West Kent CCG's Chair celebrate PPG Awareness Week – and over a year of being formally established - at the West Kent PPG Chair Group meeting held on 2nd June This week, 2 to 9 June,... 10 June 2014

Previous Event details:

Improving End of Life Care Locally - 2 July 2013, Angel Centre, Tonbridge

West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (WKCCG) is committed to improving End of Life Care locally, so the quality of experience for patients at the end of their lives and for carers and families is as positive as it can be. 


West Kent CCG Introductory Event - 31 July 2012, The River Centre, Medway

A packed venue of nearly 120 invited patients and local organisations were given the opportunity to hear about West Kent CCG, what it does and what its plans are for the future.  The patients and organisations who attended also heard about the impact of NHS changes locally and how they could jointly contribute to the development of the CCG’s future healthcare plans.

Dr Bob Bowes, Chair for the West Kent CCG opened the event with a presentation on Shaping health services in West Kent, setting out the position across the area and explaining the function of the CCG. Dr Sanjay Singh, Chief GP Commissioner, followed with a presentation on delivering on the priority health outcomes and set out the task ahead for the CCG in achieving this.

Attendees were asked to discuss within workshops ‘How could we all help to meaningfully capture and show patient and carer experience of services and ensure successful communication between patients, public and West Kent CCG?’. The session encouraged lively debate and captured many useful comments and ideas.

This was the first of a number of events designed to take forward the important engagement and participation to work together to provide quality health services for the population of West Kent.

West Kent CCG ‘Shaping the Future’ Event – 9 October 2012, Village Hotel, Madistone

Following the success of its introductory event in July, the West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a follow up event, 'Shaping the Future', on Tuesday 9 October at the Village Hotel in Maidstone. 
West Kent CCG is the NHS organisation that will decide the shape of health services in coming years; this role was previously played by the Primary Care Trust, which is being phased out in March 2013. The CCG involves local GP practices, patients, local councils and other organisations in its decision making. Over 110 delegates attended the event, and included Health Network representatives, PPG chairs, charity representatives and council representatives amongst others.
Doctors and clinicians outlined how the CCG is taking shape and gave presentations on commissioning plans, the financial context, and end of life care. An interesting table exercise took place in which delegates were asked to prioritise different examples of commissioning scenarios. Following this delegates were asked to identify the values used to determine the ranking. This exercise provided the CCG with valuable insight into the kinds of values that are deemed to be important.
Dr Bob Bowes, Chairman of the West Kent CCG said:  “Making the commissioning of services a more transparent process is a key change from the PCT. We are developing our plans for next year and it’s important that we get them right; getting patients’ and the public’s view on these matters will help us decide what needs to be done”.

Dr Bob Bowes’ commitment to engaging with patients and the public certainly came across strongly and one delegate commented that they “welcome the willingness of the WK CCG to take the view of the public and patients on board in deciding healthcare matters.  Excellent!”. The day was considered a success – nearly 90% considered the day to be ‘very good’ or ‘good’. Another delegate commented that the event “made me appreciate the complexities of decision making by the CCG”.

For more information, please contact Natasha Wright, Patient Experience and Engagement Manager on 01732 375200 Ext 5415 or email natasha.wright4@nhs.net


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