Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust recognised at the Healthwatch Awards

Date added: 31 March 2022

On Wednesday 30 March 2022, KMPT were invited alongside other NHS trusts in Kent and Medway to the Healthwatch Awards – a new awards celebrating the best of health and social care in Kent and Medway.

This event – in its first year – celebrated the best in health and social care in Kent and Medway. 200 guests came together to recognise each others achievements, and hear ideas that they can use in their own work.

We were absolutely delighted to be recognised in four categories on the night for the brilliant care we provide across the county.

Our biggest win was the excellence award that we received for our public consultation and engagement work on Ruby ward. This consultation process ran from August to September 2021 and looked at relocating the ward to a brand new building on our Maidstone site. 

We were also recognised for our partnership working. Firstly with the Mental Health User Voice Network for our joint work to proactively seek feedback and then use that feedback to make improvements to mental health services; and also for our co-production review of longstanding Patient and Carer Consultative Committees and Lived Experience roles. 

Finally we received recognition for our quick action in assessing the COVID-19 risk for staff of ethnic heritage. 

Catronia Toms, Assistant Director of ICP Development, said: "I was really pleased to see us recognised for how we have taken practical steps to implement the aspirations of our participation and involvement strategy and how key this work is to the delivery of our overall trust strategy." 

Talking about the awards, Healthwatch Kent's Robbie Goatham said: "We work with every single health and social care organisation in Kent and Medway to ensure that they are hearing your stories and using your experiences to improve their services. This bird’s eye view means that we see what’s working well, and what needs improving. Our Healthwatch Recognition Awards has given us the opportunity to take a moment to recognise and celebrate the best on health and social care in Kent and Medway. Congratulations to everyone who has been recognised."

You can view the full brochure from the night here

Congratulations to all the teams who were recognised, we are #KMPTProud