What is the West Kent Health and Care Partnership (HCP)?
West Kent HCP brings together health and care providers – including hospitals, community care, mental health care, GPs and social care – to plan and deliver services to the people of west Kent and to support them to live healthy lives.
The HCP is developing ways of working and strategies for how the health and care partners in the area can best work together to support people living in west Kent.
When this work is completed, the HCP will be responsible for many of the duties previously delivered by West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Until this time, Kent and Medway CCG will be responsible for continuing the work of the former West Kent CCG.
Which organisations are part of West Kent HCP?
- Healthwatch Kent
- Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
- Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Kent County Council
- Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
- Maidstone Borough Council
- Sevenoaks District Council
- Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
- Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
- West Kent Health
- West Kent primary care networks
West Kent HCP covers a population of about 464,000 people. It has some of the most and least (top and bottom 10%) socially deprived areas in England.
On average, men and women live slightly longer in west Kent than the average for England: West Kent is 84 years and five months, national average is 81 years and two months.
Twelve per cent of people in west Kent smoke and 58 per cent are overweight or obese. These figures are lower than the average in Kent and in England.
The number of people over 85 will double between 2016 and 2035. The number of people between 65 and 84 will increase by about one third.
Areas where we need to improve include, increasing diagnosis rates of dementia and reducing falls of older people.
Our priorities and ambitions
The HCP Development Board is developing key priorities for the partnership and looking at where best to focus the system’s efforts to make the biggest improvements in delivering high-quality care to the people of West Kent.
Building on engagement carried out by the West Kent Alliance, the West Kent HCP Stakeholder Engagement Advisory Group (SEAG) advises the Health and Care Partnership Board.
Key organisations concerned with local health and care come together to discuss the development of the HCP and to share activities. The group includes Healthwatch Kent, representatives from the community and voluntary sector as well as local authorities and the NHS.
The group has conducted stakeholder mapping and created a shared repository for engagement and local experience. SEAG is actively seeking to identify opportunities for collaborative engagement with the public to promote better local health and wellbeing.
What happens next?
West Kent HCP will continue to develop throughout 2022. During this time it will develop:
- a comprehensive workplan
- necessary oversight and management structures
- ways of engaging with our communities and colleagues to make sure partners can work together effectively to plan and deliver good quality care.