PERFORMANCE: East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is to launch a new patient involvement initiative.

The FT is to launch a Patient Partnership Group for its Urgent Care and Long Term Conditions Division.

In a statement, the trust said: “We want to work more closely with our patients and their families and carers to improve the quality of our services and would like you to tell us your ideas for improving our services. 

“To help us decide how to shape the group we would like to invite you to the launch of the new Patient Partnership Group for the Urgent Care and Long Term Conditions Division which includes such specialities as cardiology, rheumatology, accident and emergency, gastroenterology and diabetes.”

The first meetings will take place towards the end of May at the trust’s three sites.