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Benefits of a single CCG

For people living in Kent and Medway the new joined-up approach will mean:

  • more support to stay fit and well before things become a problem – including active reminders sent direct to you, and initiatives to, for instance, identify people at higher risk of a stroke
  • better access to the care you need, when you need it, in a way that suits you – whether that’s in the evenings or at weekends, over the phone, by video link or a standard face-to-face appointment, with a physio, nurse, clinical pharmacist, GP, or support from a non-medical service

For staff it will mean:

  • higher job satisfaction as working in teams is less isolated and more rewarding
  • more focus on your physical AND mental health and wellbeing, recognising that people have different personal aims and needs – staff will respond to what matters to you, not the condition or disease that you may have
  • more care out of hospital, with professionals working together as a single team to plan and support people with complex health and care needs to stay as well as possible and get the care they need when they need it
  • better identification of the issues that need tackling and a real focus on quality services, wherever they are provided.

Our GP members and those of each of the existing eight CCGs across Kent and Medway voted to move to having a single CCG as part of an integrated care system because it will:  

  • help the NHS to improve patients’ health, wellbeing and experience across the whole of Kent and Medway by focusing on prevention of illness and on the difference services make to lives across Kent and Medway, not just what was done. This will put the focus where it should be, on people’s lives
  • use detailed data and insight to better target support to specific groups or communities, such as frail people, or people with severe and enduring mental illness, reducing unfairness in access to health services and unacceptable differences in health and life expectancy
  • overcome fragmentation and duplication, allowing faster decision making and channelling savings from doing things once into frontline care
  • support the development of the new integrated care partnerships and primary care networks which will design and deliver the majority of care for local people and do this in ways tailored to their populations
  • increase the ability of Kent and Medway to submit strong bids for national funding
  • improve staff recruitment and retention through a joined-up approach to workforce issues and opportunities
  • use its substantial buying power to increase value for money for the taxpayer
  • continue to involve local people in shaping health and care services
  • accelerate clinically-led innovation.

For more information and to read the You said we did report which gives details of what people said about the proposal and what the NHS did as a result, please visit www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/ics