Delivering Integrated Health and Social Care

The vision of the Design and Learning Centre is to make care better for people, by ‘making out-of-hospital care safer for both citizens and professionals’.

The Design and Learning Centre was initially developed as part of the NHS Integrated Care Pioneer Programme which ran from 2013 – 2018. The NHS Integrated Care Pioneer Programme was a national programme which aimed to explore new and innovative ways of delivering health and social care in an integrated way.

As part of the programme, 25 Pioneer sites across the country were identified, Kent was one of these sites. The Pioneer sites acted as leaders testing a range of new and innovative ways of working which would create a smoother experience for those in receipt of services and to make the best use of resources across health and social care. The Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation was officially launched in 2016. The centre aimed to continue the work completed under the Integrated Care Pioneer Programme as we work towards Making out-of-hospital care safer for both citizens and professionals.

The focus of our work is to reduce frailty, develop safe new services and transform the health and social care workforce by promoting independence and self-care. The centre is working in partnership with health and social care services across Kent and most recently has been recognised as the innovation facility for the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). This partnership known as ‘the Collaborative’ also works with a wider network including the Medway and Swale Centre of Organisational Excellence (MaSCoE), the Kent and Medway Shared Health and Care Analytics Board (SHcAB), the University of Kent and National Institute for Health Research. There are a number of ways to get involved with our work, please see our upcoming events to see the latest activities.

Upcoming Events


Date: Wednesday 25th September
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Location: Kent Event Centre, Detling Showground, Maidstone


Please click here to book your place, the event is free of charge.

The Design and Learning Centre Team will be giving talks about key projects and will have stands so you can find out more about our work and projects.

Asthma Workshop

Date: Thursday 26th September 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Aylesford Village Community Centre


For more information about the session view our flyer, you can book your place via email ([email protected]) or phone (07920 873 682)

Kent Registered Managers Conference

Date: Wednesday 30th October 2019
Time: 09:00 - 16:30
Location: Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone


Please download the registration form here, once downloaded please complete and return to [email protected]

For more information about the events and workshops being held during this event please see our flyer.

Social Care Going Digital

Date: Tuesday 12th November 2019
Time: Coming Soon!
Location: Coming Soon!


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