KSS AHSN Newsletter – 10 April 2015

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In this weeks’s edition…

A new right to be involved in end of life decisions?

The Government recently set out proposed changes to the NHS constitution which includes new rights giving patients increased powers to plan and make decisions about their ‘End of Life’ care.

As we provide more support to the End of Life Care CAG I am gaining knowledge that for too long many older people have felt like they are left out of discussions about their own deaths. National data tells us that 35 per cent of older people who want to die at home end up dying in hospital.

The proposals to change the constitution, which are open for consultation until the end of this month, look to strengthen the right of patients to be involved in more decisions about their care at the very end of their lives. If this taken forward then the NHS constitution would be explicit about the need to engage patients, stating: “You have the right to be involved in planning and making decisions about your health and care with your care provider, including your end of life care, and to be given information to enable you to do this. Where appropriate this right includes your family and carers. This includes being given the chance to manage your own care and treatment.”

These potential new rights for patients are reflected in the work being done in our own region to improve end of life care.

Everyone’s Business

The South East Coast Strategic Clinical Network’s End of Life Care CAG brought together a range of stakeholders to improve End of Life experience and care and improve adoption of Advance Care Planning, something being recommended by our Clinical Senate.

As part of this work the group recently hosted a joint event with Public Health England on 25 March with the title ‘Everyone’s Business: Normalising Good Practice in End of Life Care’. The event brought together health and social care professionals to discuss ways to improve end of life care in our region. The event helped share and spread good practice and recognised the contribution that good data collection and management can make to improving outcomes. It drew a very committed and diverse audience and was an impressive event.

Independence and vitality for longer: improving care and the experience of care for older people in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

KSS AHSN are keen to continue this conversation and ensure that improving End of Life Care is a central part of the older people’s programme.

We have a number of regional engagement events planned to help us validate with you: the case for change for our new programme, an agreed vision of future sustainable care arrangements, the proposed support programmes we believe will help implement sustainable care services faster.

30 April 2015

6 May 2015

21 May 2015

23 June 2015

Older People’s Programme, Kent
(Engagement Event)

Older People’s Programme, Surrey
(Engagement Event)

Older People’s Programme, Sussex
(Engagement Event)

KSS AHSN Partnership Day

Holiday Inn, Maidstone

Mandolay Hotel, Guildford

Holiday Inn, Gatwick

The Hilton, Gatwick

Please contact Sharon Drazek to book a place.

Kind regards,
Guy Boersma
Managing Director, KSS AHSN

KSS AHSN Job Vacancies:

Senior Programme Manager
Integrated Care Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Up to £45,000 for 3 days per week (part-time 2/3 days per week initially)

Fixed term appointment, initially for 18 months

This is an exciting and challenging joint opportunity between KSS AHSN and Age UK for someone with a substantial and successful track record of operational, project and programme management, ideally from within health and social care, together with experience of managing contracts within the independent sector, to drive forward a programme of work linked to the strategic goals of the AHSN and Age UK.

Ideally, we are seeking someone with excellent knowledge of the integrated care agenda and emerging best practice. You should also have a good understanding of the issues faced by older people in receipt of public services and some knowledge of the role of statutory, voluntary and private sectors in relation to service provision for older people.

For further information, job description and person specification, please click here. Secondments are particularly welcome.

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Angela Bowring or call 07917 240172.

Closing date 17th April 2015

Manager PMO


We are looking for someone with a proven track record in Programme Management and who has significant knowledge and experience of resource/workforce planning to establish, lead, manage and develop the functioning of an effective and rigorous Programme Management Office

You will need excellent communication skills, and be able to hold others to account for deliverables and targets.

For further information and who to contact to discuss this role, the job description and person specification, please click here. Secondments are particularly welcome.

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4 to Julie Hall.

Closing date: 27 April 2015

Hold the date!
Transforming older people’s services conference, 23 June 2015


Our next regional conference will focus on transforming older people’s services and is scheduled for 23 June 2015. Please click here for more information.

Book now: International Seminar Series


Logistics and Supply Chain

Andy Ellis, Former Supply Chain Director for Asda and Executive VP Logistics for Walmart, Canada

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 from 17:30 to 19.30 (GMT)

Sofitel Hotel, Gatwick Airport, RH6 0PH, UK

The acknowledged leaders in this field have been in the areas of retail and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods where it has become a distinct source of commercial advantage. Using industry connections we will bring the most advanced thinking in their field to the table, and explore how this can be transferred to the health sector

Register now

Value proposition reviews – free help to get your product or service right for the NHS


With the NHS funding capped and limited opportunities for interacting with NHS staff, selling to the NHS will inevitably become more challenging. With a better understanding of their priorities and how cash flows around the system you will be able to prepare a more compelling and comprehensive value proposition.

Rob Berry, Head of Innovation at the Kent Surrey and Sussex AHSN and Dr David Parry, CEO of SEHTA are offering one to one appointments to review value propositions for high value products or services which are on or close to market.

For further information, please click here.

Hold the date! Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) – Study Day, 9 June 2015

[KSS AHSN Respiratory Programme / The British Lung Foundation]

The British Lung Foundation and the KSS AHSN Respiratory Programme are jointly hosting the long-awaited full study day on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), covering pathophysiology and treatment, supportive therapies and end of life care, as well as the patient’s perspective. Full agenda to follow when all speakers are confirmed.

This is an all-day event, will be held in the Gatwick area, further details will be confirmed shortly.

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