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This is just a quick post to let you know that we are expecting the East Kent Strategy Board (a collaboration of leaders working in the NHS and social care services across East Kent) to publish a leaflet on Thursday this week setting out a ‘case for change’ for our local health and care services. The leaflet will describe some of the facts and figures about our health and care services in east Kent. It will also describe the main challenges faced in delivering services over the coming years. The starting point is a shared ambition to organise services so they meet the changing health and care needs of our population, and are safe, high quality and affordable into the long-term.

The leaflet will be cascaded digitally through NHS and community networks and published on NHS websites in east Kent. A small quantity will be distributed through health premises over the coming weeks and available in hard copy for those who don’t have easy digital access.

The local NHS is keen that people join in the conversation over the coming months, and I support that. I urge you to click here and join our Thanet Health Network, or link with Healthwatch Kent, to keep up-to-date with and join in the discussions about how to best meet this ambition.

The leaflet will describe the challenges but doesn’t yet set out anything other than a high level solution (making sure we have the right teams of people working in the right places to best support people’s needs). This is because there aren’t yet any developed options for change. Over the coming weeks and months clinicians, local health and care leaders, patients, carers and local communities will be urged to join the discussion and contribute to the emerging thinking about how to meet the challenges faced. Once specific options are developed there will be a formal public consultation on them.

In my role as a member of the Patient and Public Engagement Group, established to help support this programme of work, I will keep you up-to-date as the work progresses.

Clive Hart
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