Kent County Council

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Kent County Council (KCC) is a top-tier local authority in the South East of England with a wide range of responsibilities and services covering the following services, social care, education, public health, transport, the environment (amongst many more).
KCC’s Suicide Prevention programme is lead by its Public Health team which gives regular updates to elected members, cabinet committees and senior management teams about the programme.

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Organisation Details

Address Sessions House, County Hall,
ME14 1XQ

Twitter @Kent_cc & @tim_woodhouse

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

Our Public Health team chair and co-ordinate the Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention multi-agency Steering Group.

This involves leading the development and implementation of the Kent and Medway 5-year Suicide Prevention Strategy. The Strategy and associated action plan contains a wide variety of measures to prevent suicide and support those who are affected by it.
Currently KCC’s Public Health team is also co-ordinating the Kent and Medway STP’s Suicide Prevention Transformation Programme. In 2018/19 and 2019/20 the Kent and Medway STP received NHS England funding for additional suicide prevention measures. A summary of interventions is included below.

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What are your current priorities?

This slide summarises the 2019/20 Kent and Medway STP Suicide Prevention Transformation Programme


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What challenges are you currently facing?

As well as continuing to invest the additional funding on behalf of the STP we will also be strengthening our system leadership efforts to ensure we “bend the mainstream” so that clinical pathways, organisational practice, systems and structures are all working to identify high risk individuals, increase safety and save lives.

In particular, we will review and reshape the following pathways;

·       depression,
·       self-harm in children, young people and adults,
·       crisis care and
·       co-occurring conditions

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