Improving access to Patient Transport

Improving access to non-emergency Patient TransportAshford Clinical Commissioning Group

Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups

Opens: 08 December 2016
Closes: 31 January 2017

Last year all NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the GP-led organisations that plan and pay for health services across  Kent commissioned a new contractor to provide non-emergency Patient Transport.  At the same time patients and carers from across Kent helped to write a Patients’ charter setting out their expectations for how they wanted to see the service provide a high quality of care, and safely look after them in a quick and friendly way.

Now that the new contractor for non-emergency Patient Transport (G4S) service has been in place for 5 months, the Clinical commissioning groups across Kent in Ashford, Canterbury and Coastal, Dartford Gravesham and Swanley, Swale, South Kent Coast, Thanet and West Kent want to hear from you or your loved ones who have used the service since July 2016,  to see if it is living up to the Kent Patient Transport Service (PTS) patients’ charter.

Complete the survey

The CCGs would appreciate it if you could complete our survey. All the information you provide will remain confidential and be anonymised so that no health professionals will receive any information that identifies you personally.

They would like you to be as open as possible as we want to understand your experiences both good and bad so we can see where improvements may need to be made.  They are hopeful that there will be some good points and compliments to tell us.

This survey will close on  31  January 2017 

If you have any queries please contact: or call 03000424348

NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group 08 December 2016

MoJ consult on sentences for dangerous drivers

Ministry of Justice LogoDriving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury

Ministry of Justice

Opens 5 December 2016
Closes: 1 February 2017

Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by ministers.

  • Government acts to introduce life sentences for causing death by dangerous driving
  • Life sentences for careless drivers who kill whilst under the influence of drink or drugs
  • New, 3 year jail terms for careless drivers causing serious injury

Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by ministers.

Dangerous drivers causing death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone are among those now facing the same sentences as those charged with manslaughter.

Offenders who cause death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs could also be handed life sentences – an increase on the current 14 year upper limit.

New plans come as ministers seek to deter dangerous, criminal behaviour on our roads, and make sure killer drivers face the toughest penalties. (more…)

Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan

nhseastkentstpEast Kent Delivery Board

Opens: 22 November 2016
Closes: 23 December 2016

The NHS, social care and public health in Kent and Medway have published their draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

It is the first time that health, social care and public health agencies in Kent have all worked together in this way and it gives them a unique opportunity to bring about positive and genuine improvement in health and social care delivery over the next five years.

Their pledge to you

The East Kent Delivery Board * have said:

We want to get this right, and we know that we need your views to help us do that.

So we will use all the means at our disposal to involve patients, carers, the public and health and care professionals, at every stage.

In the New Year, along with more detailed information about the STP, we will publish a timetable for engaging with the public in Kent and Medway in 2017. In the meantime, we ask you to help us shape our ideas and plans by filling in this survey, which closes on 23 December.

You can also join your Health Network to keep in touch with what is going on and make sure you can have your say at the appropriate time.

Please spare the time to get involved – we need to hear from as many people as possible to get this right for the whole community.

Complete our survey.

Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

Find out more about what we want to achieve and our ideas so far by reading Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway. It also has details of the local clinical commissioning group websites where you can find out how you can have your say.

‘Valuing People Now in Kent’ Consultation

Kent County CouncilValuing People Now in Kent: The Voice of People with a Learning Disability and their Families/Carers

Kent County Council

Opens: 8 Nov 2016 at 11:00
Closes: 7 Dec 2017 at 23:59

Kent County Council (KCC) is seeking views on what people want from a new service (outcomes) for people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

The new service will support people with learning disabilities to make sure that their voices are heard and that their views are represented on issues that are important to them. (more…)

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South Ashfprd Community ForumWe have made it easier to find information about public consultations by government and statutory bodies. All of our news items relating to consultations are now listed under Local Information / Consultation on the website menu. All new posts relating to consultations will start with the title of the consultation, the organisation launching the consultation and the opening and closing dates.

We will not respond to all consultations listed here, but when we do, our responses will be available from our Publications page

Public Spaces Protection Order consultation

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Ashford Borough Council

Opens: 7 November 2016
Closes: 28th November 2016


Ashford Borough Council has launched a consultation on the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) for four areas within the borough. The consultation began at 9am on Monday 7th November 2016 and runs until midnight on Monday 28th November 2016.

PSPOs allow councils to tackle ant-isocial behaviour which takes place in a specific, geographical area (as opposed to criminal behaviour orders and injunctions which are directed at individuals). A PSPO is tailored for defined activities, meaning that anyone carrying them out in an area under one of these orders can be prosecuted.

The areas within the consultation have been identified by the council, police reports and complaints received from local residents for nuisance issues. Examples of these include anti-social behaviour, drinking and urinating in public.

The four proposed areas are; the churchyard in the Ashford town centre, the Coney Bear site in South Ashford, the town centre and Singleton Lake. (more…)

Improving “same day” health services – have your say

Ashford Clinical Commissioning GroupNHS Ashford CCG, NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, NHS South Kent Coast CCG and NHS Thanet CCG

Opens: 02 November 2016
Closes: 05 December 2016

NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in east Kent want to find out your experiences of using urgent or “same day” health services in east Kent.

The CCGs are working to ensure we have the best possible services and support for people that need urgent care or advice. To help inform this they are seeking your views of using local services, via a short online survey.

Urgent or “same day” care is a term that describes the range of services provided for people who require same day health advice, support or treatment.  This is different from the emergency care provided by our emergency departments (A&E), which are set up to respond to serious or life threatening emergencies.

“Same day” services include:

  • GP out-of-hours services
  • Pharmacies or chemists
  • Minor injuries units
  • NHS 111
  • Paramedic/ambulance services

Please note – the CCGs are not currently seeking your experiences of using emergency or life threatening services such as A&E [emergency department].

This survey, which is being run by NHS Ashford CCG, NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, NHS South Kent Coast CCG and NHS Thanet CCG, will run to Monday 05 December 2016.

Here is the link to the survey Feel free to share with your friends, family and on social media.

Any information you provide will remain confidential and health professionals will not receive any information that identifies you personally.

If you have any questions, please email

NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group 02 November 2016

Parking restrictions consultation

ABC CrestAmendment 4 2016 (Ashford) to ‘The Kent County Council (Various Roads, Borough of Ashford) (Waiting Restrictions and Street Parking Places) Consolidation Order 2016 (as amended).

Ashford Borough Council

Opens: 03 November 2016
Closes: 24 November 2016

Ashford Borough Council, as agents working on behalf of Kent County Council is proposing to make a Traffic Regulation Order that will bring into force amendments to parking controls in Ashford.

Details of the changes proposed by this Traffic Regulation Order within South Ashford are given below. A copy of the proposed Order and supporting documents, including the statement of reasons for making this Order and plans showing the extent of proposed changes may be inspected on line at under ‘Amendment 4’. Hard copies of deposit documents will also be available to view at the Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, TN23 1PL, Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 15:30.

If you wish to comment on these proposals you can submit comments through our website at, or alternatively comments can be returned by post to the Civic Centre. All comments must be submitted by midnight on Thursday 24th November 2016 in order to be considered.

Francis Road Introduction of a disabled persons bay
Zone G Victoria Crescent – The entire length
Victoria Road – Numbers 30, 32, 34, 36, 38 & 40 only
Amendment of Conditions on designated parking bays to prohibit return within 4 hours

Vehicles displaying a valid residents’, visitors’ or business permit will be unaffected by this change

KCC Budget Consultation

budget2017-demand-increasingKCC Draft Budget proposals 2017/18

Kent County Council

Opens: 13 Oct 2016
Closes: 27 November 2016

Kent County Council (KCC) is asking for your views on its budget proposals and how it can close the remaining gap before the 2017/18 budget is finalised in February 2017.

In the introduction to its budget consultation KCC says that it faces a huge financial challenge in the years ahead and is working hard to protect the services that make the greatest difference to people’s lives.

The story so far

Each year KCC set a budget to decide how much it will spend on services for Kent residents and businesses for the next financial year and much income it needs from Government and local taxation to fund this.

It prioritises spending on services that make sure children and young people get the best start in life, that communities feel the benefit of economic growth, and that support vulnerable residents to live independently. It’s strategic statement annual report gives details of how it is ensuring every pound spent in Kent is delivering better outcomes for Kent’s residents, communities and businesses.

In recent years the amount of money available from Government has been decreasing while demand and cost for council services has been increasing. KCC expects this trend to continue in coming years.

Since 2010 we have made savings of £514 million to offset these challenges and continue to protect and invest in those services that make the greatest difference to people’s lives. These savings have focussed on the transformation of services, which means delivering better outcomes at lower cost, and working in more efficient ways. This has allowed us to continue to protect frontline services. (more…)

Kent’s PCC launches policing survey

pcc_logoPolicing in Kent 2017-2021: Autumn 2016 survey

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner

Opens: 10 Oct 2016
Closes: 2 December 2016

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking people which policing priorities matter most to them.

As he prepares to write his Police and Crime Plan for 2017-2021, Matthew Scott has published a short public survey as part of a wider consultation process. The survey was launched on World Mental Health Day (10 October) in honour of the fact that mental health is the ‘golden thread’ that runs through the current plan.

Mr Scott said: ‘Mental health is not only an issue I care deeply about, but also one that has become much more important within the police and criminal justice system. It is estimated that a third of police time is now spent dealing with people who have a mental health issue and it is in everyone’s interests to ensure there is an effective response.

The existing Police and Crime Plan ends on 31 March 2017, to be replaced with a new plan for 2017 – 2021. I have a duty to consult with victims and the wider community so I want to know what matters most to you.

‘Please take the time to fill out my short survey and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to fill one in as well.’ (more…)