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West Kent – attained confidence in PBC

‘West Kent PCT has shown an interest in supporting PBC and followed it up with action,’ says Dr Sanjay Singh, chair of the Invicta PBC group.

‘West Kent PCT has shown an interest in supporting PBC and followed it up with action,' says Dr Sanjay Singh, chair of the Invicta PBC group.



All the commissioning plans his group submitted last year were approved.

The first few years were about ‘confidence-building' between PCT and GPs, but some schemes are now up and running, covering back pain, neurology and child mental health.

The PCT has funded a Band 7 mental health nurse to work in the community, dealing with the lower end of the spectrum and ‘taking the pressure off community and mental health services'. Now there is virtually no wait for assessment, says Dr Singh.

So far his is the only one of the four local PBC groups to be awarded money from 2006/7 savings. The £840,000 budget has just been agreed and the group is starting work on plans to reconfigure services. ‘I am pleased the PCT kept its word and awarded the money,' he says.

West Kent PCT

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