West Kent PCT

Port of Dover, Kent

Exclusive: Trust will need ‘mutual aid’ in no-deal Brexit scenario

South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has warned it will need “mutual aid” from other NHS providers and is highly likely to move to the highest emergency response category, REAP level 4, if there is a no-deal Brexit in October, HSJ has learned.

Long waits for CAMH in Kent and Medway

PERFORMANCE: Young people with mental health problems in Kent are having to wait more than six months for a specialist assessment.

Kent and Medway reports QIPP slip

FINANCE: Only 55 per cent of planned QIPP savings of £57m were delivered in Kent and Medway to the end of January.

Mixed sex accommodation breach peak in Kent and Medway

PERFORMANCE: Kent and Medway had 35 breaches of the mixed sex accommodation rules in January – with 20 of these at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust.

Kent and Medway A&E performance dips below target

PERFORMANCE: The four hour A&E standard across Kent and Medway has fallen below 95 per cent. A report to the last meeting of the Kent and Medway PCT cluster board says it dipped below 95 per cent for year to date in mid January and was at 94.8 per cent ...

Kent and Medway patients seek 'better access' on mental health

STRUCTURE: The Centre for Nursing and Healthcare Research has carried out an independent analysis of public response to the Kent and Medway Acute Mental Health Services review.

Dartford Gravesham and Swanley CCG authorised with 22 conditions

STRUCTURE: NHS Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group has been authorised by the NHS Commissioning Board – but with 22 conditions.

Kent and Medway pens patient transport contract

COMMERCIAL: NHS Kent and Medway has chosen NSL Care to operate its non-emergency patient transport service.

Mental health reconfiguration consultation nears end

STRUCTURE: A consultation on the reconfiguration of mental health services across Kent is due to end on 26 October.

'Care village' planned for Maidstone area

STRUCTURE: A new private sector care facility has been planned for an area in West Kent.

West Kent improves on mixed sex target

PERFORMANCE: NHS West Kent recorded four breaches of the Department of Health’s rules on mixed sex accommodation during August, according to latest data.

No mixed sex breaches for Kent Community Health

PERFORMANCE: Kent Community Health NHS Trust recorded no breaches of the Department of Health’s rules on mixed sex accommodation during August, according to latest data.

Current West Kent overspend is ‘not sustainable’

FINANCE: Commissioners in West Kent have already been forced to dip into contingency reserves due to excess activity by their acute providers, board papers reveal.

Kent commissioners use £10m reserves to maintain surplus

FINANCE: The primary care trust cluster and clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway are turning to contingencies to maintain a surplus.

Mental health shake-up mooted for Kent

STRUCTURE: Commissioners in Kent have set out plans to reconfigure services for mental health patients experiencing a “crisis”, after a review identified weaknesses with the current layout.

'Significant' financial pressures for Kent and Medway PCTs

FINANCE: The Kent and Medway PCT cluster reported a £6.8m surplus at the end of June but highlighted “significant pressures” on finance.

Nursing agency seeks recruits in south coast area

WORKFORCE: The British Nursing Association has launched a major recruitment drive for nurses and healthcare assistants to fill temporary positions in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

GE Capital to finance equipment at new Kent hospital

COMMERCIAL: GE Capital will provide a £11.5m leasing facility to the Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery.

New private hospital construction to get underway

STRUCTURE: A new private tertiary care hospital that will be part owned by doctors is to be built in Kent, it has been announced.

Kent PCTs launch phone app in bid to cut teenage pregnancies

PERFORMANCE:  A mobile phone app has been launched as part of efforts to improve sexual health and reduce unplanned teenage pregnancies in Kent.