About our Integrated Care Strategy

The Integrated Care Strategy has been produced by NHS Kent and Medway, Kent County Council and Medway Council, supported by district councils, Healthwatch organisations and the voluntary sector. We talked to people across Kent and Medway in the summer of 2023 to make sure that we heard and included what was important to them. It looks at how health and care colleagues from the NHS and local councils can work together to make improvements. 

The strategy sets out six outcomes. We will:

  • Give children and young people the best start in life

We will make sure the conditions and support are in place for all children and young people to be healthy, resilient and ambitious for the future.

  • Tackle the wider determinants to prevent ill health

We know that lots of other things impact on health (social, economic and environmental factors), we will address these to improve the physical and mental health of all residents, tackling inequalities and focussing on those most vulnerable.

  • Support happy and healthy living

We will help people manage their own health and wellbeing and be proactive partners in the care so they can live happy, independent and fulfilling lives; adding years to life and life to years.

  • Empower people to best manage their health conditions

We will support people with multiple health conditions to be part of a team with health and social care professionals working compassionately to improve their health and wellbeing.

  • Improve health and care services

We will improve access for all to health and care services, providing services as locally as possible and creating centres of excellence for specialist care that improves quality, safety and sustainability.

  • Support and grow our workforce

Making Kent and Medway a great place for our colleagues to live, learn and work.

During 2023, all partners of the Integrated Care partnership engaged with the people of Kent and Medway, through community groups and the voluntary sector, at community events, on social media and online. Thousands of people were spoken to, to make sure the shared outcomes are the right ones and to understand what people needed from their health and care services. 

Find out more about the Integrated Care Strategy