Thanet Health Reference Group met at NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group offices on Wednesday 5th April.

The group - which I chair - brings together the Chairs of Patient Participation Groups from individual GP Practices across Thanet, on a bi-monthly basis, to help foster best practice between them and to assist local NHS commissioners understand the needs of local people.

Oena Windibank, Chief Officer for Thanet Integrated Accountable Care Organisation (IACO) updated our members on progress with our local IACO and explained continuing work on the award winning Primary Care Homes grouping of GP Practices across the isle. She also described the work of the Acute Response Team and the Esther model of patient engagement being introduced here in Thanet.

Members gave very helpful feedback from the patient perspective and shared a number of initiatives being undertaken in their respective GP practices.

Senior Engagement Officer Katie Blissett and I informed group members of developments regarding the NHS East Kent Delivery Board and the NHS Kent and Medway sustainability and transformation plan process (STP) including the recently published 'Case for Change' document.

Members were also informed that public engagement events for the STP/East Kent Delivery Board process were temporarily 'on hold' due to the political purdah period, but that more localised engagement should take place once the county elections are over.

Clive Hart