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Public events are held regularly for our local community to attend. Our events include themed presentations and workshops and are your opportunity to meet staff and hear what is happening in the Trust.

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Upcoming Public Events 2022

Date Time Topic  Venue

January 2022 

Date TBC 

6pm Quality Priorities 

This is a virtual event using MS Teams. Please email to book a place to join.

A link and programme will be shared with attendees nearer the date.

Previous 2021 Public Events


Improvements to our Emergency Department and Care of Elderly People - 18 November 2021

 Glynis Alexander, Executive Director of Communications and Engagement, welcomed attendees and thanked them for joining us. She introduced Jayne Black, our new Chief Operating Officer.

Jayne updated attendees on COVID-19 vaccinations, winter preparedness, and the opening of the new Emergency Department.

 Dr Sanjay Suman, Consutant Geriatrician and Clinical Director (Therapies and Older Persons Care Group), shared the journey of the Trust’s frailty services over recent years, and the improvements which have been made. He spoke about what frailty is, it’s prevalence in the local community, and the way in which it is identified, categorised and treated. The presentation also included information about how the Care Group is structured and what services they provide, including the newly opened Emerald Frailty Assessment Unit.

 Dr Suman concluded that a great deal of progress has been made towards the goal of a Centre of Excellence for Frailty, but there is still work to be done. A whole system collaborative approach is required to make frailty services the best they can be.

 The presentation sparked a number of questions and some very interesting discussions, after which Jayne thanked everyone for attending. It was noted that a number of attendees had requested that Dr Suman present again in the future, and they were particularly interested in the discharge process.

A copy of the slides are available here


Annual Members' Meeting - 16 September 2021

The Trust’s Chair Jo Palmer was pleased to open the event and welcome all of our guests. George Findlay, Chief Executive provided a review of the year. We also got to hear from our new Lead Governor, Cllr David Brake and Jane Murkin, Chief Nursing and Quality Officer.

Professor Ranjit Akolekar spoke about the acclaimed Medway Fetal Medicine and Antenatal department and also shared his new Parents' Network. We were joined by one of his patients Karly, who bravely shared her pregnancy journey and why she feels the Parents' Network will be invaluable to so may expectant parents and their families.

A copy of the slides are available here


Innovation and Improvement - 24 June 2021

George Findlay, Chief Executive shared the latest updates from the Trust. We also got to hear from a variety of speakers from the Innovation Centre and Professor Ranjit Akolekar, Clinical Director of Women's Health.

A copy of the slides are available here


Patient Experience - 28 April 2021

Karen McIntyre, Associate Director of Patient Experience shared how we are working with you to design the Patient Experience Strategy. It was also an opportunity for all our guests to share their views with us on 'What does a good patient experience look like?'

A copy of the slides are available here


Quality Priorities – 24 February 2021

The Trust’s Chair Jo Palmer was pleased to welcome members to our first Members’ event of 2021.  The event was an opportunity to update members on progress with the Quality Strategy and last year’s Quality Priorities. Members then had the opportunity to share their views during breakout sessions on the proposed priorities for safe, effective and person-centred care for 2021/22. 

Jane Murkin, Chief Nursing and Quality Officer, updated members on progress with the Quality Strategy and Quality Priorities and introduced the proposed Quality Priorities for 2021/22.  Angela Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, provided a brief overview of the Trust’s work to improve patient flow (the patient pathway from arrival, time in hospital through to discharge). 

A copy of the slides are available here and members will be kept informed of progress.

James Devine, Chief Executive welcomed the praise heard during the event and the progress made, and confirmed it was important to hear the personal experience of members whether that be a positive experience or a negative experience from which lessons could be learned.  There were areas about which the Trust should be proud – for example the Awards for periods of 150 days without infections – but there is always more to be done and to aspire to and he assured members of the Trust’s commitment to continue work to consistently provide the care the community deserves.

Click here for details of events from previous years.