Health Network members’


Today we have published two reports about the recent public consultation on urgent stroke services in Kent and Medway:


Consultation response report: This report has been written by DJS Research, an independent research consultancy, who analysed all the consultation responses. It provides a detailed report on the themes emerging from the public consultation.

Consultation activity report: This report, written by the consultation team, sets out how we delivered the formal consultation; describing the range of activity we undertook across Kent and Medway and neighbouring areas.

Both reports are available at


We should stress that no decisions have been taken at this point. The Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups reviewed the reports at a meeting yesterday (28 June 2018); and will be looking at the responses in more detail in the coming months as part of developing a preferred option.


We would like to thank the thousands of people who took the time to contribute to the consultation. And to thank you for your support in promoting the consultation. We would encourage you to look at the response report which we feel gives an accurate reflection of both the support and concerns raised during the consultation.


It was good to receive such a wide range of comments from across Kent, Medway, south east London and East Sussex; and to see how important getting our stroke services right is to people. The views we have gathered will play an important part of the next stage of decision making.


The process and timetable for reaching a preferred option is:


Summer to early autumn: consideration of the consultation responses and establishing whether any viable additional options have been put forward to evaluate in detail, agreeing the approach to the evaluation of the shortlisted options, meeting with the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, evaluation workshops.

Autumn: identifying a preferred option, development of the ‘decision making business case’, including discussion with the South East Clinical Senate, NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Winter: final assurance process with NHS England and NHS Improvement, and the Joint Committee of CCGs meeting to agree the preferred option for implementation.

To keep up to date on the progress of the stroke review please subscribe to the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s regular bulletin at

We would be grateful if you could circulate this update within your networks.


Yours faithfully


Patricia Davies

Director of Acute Care for Kent and Medway and Senior Responsible for the Kent and Medway Stroke Review

On behalf of the Stroke Review Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups


Kent and Medway Sustainability & Transformation Partnership

Magnitude House, New Hythe Lane, Aylesford, Kent ME20 6WT



Freephone: 0300 7906796

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