The leaders of Patient Participation Groups representing GP Practices from across Thanet came together for their October meeting on Wednesday this week at NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group offices in Margate. As lay member for patient and public engagement at NHS Thanet CCG I chair these health reference group meetings.

Maria Howden and Faye Hames of Thanet CCG updated group members on work taking place towards an Integrated Accountable Care Organisation, where the aim is to ensure that Thanet’s residents are supported to be well and healthy in their own homes and communities, by delivering a connected system, designed and delivered around local people, located in their neighbourhoods. Progress on the 'Primary Care Home' model which brings together a range of health and social care professionals to work together to provide enhanced personalised and preventative care for our local community, was also highlighted.

Engagement officer Katie Blissett and I explained the current situation regarding the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan as it relates to east Kent. The STP for Kent and Medway explores the way services need to change over the coming years to achieve the right care for people for the future. It should help deliver the Five Year Forward View, which sets out the national vision for health and social care services.

Bringing together the leaders of patient groups from across Thanet is proving extremely useful in helping the CCG to understand the needs of local patients and it's wonderful to assist them sharing 'best practice' between their respective patient groups in our local towns and villages. Behind the scenes, these community stalwarts are helping to improve health services for local people across the island.


Clive Hart