Healthcare in Kent
The population of Kent has been poorly served in the provision of private medical services. Existing private medical facilities are dated and offer a narrow band of general services. No new private hospitals have been built in Kent during the last 20 years. Within the NHS, all three Kent Primary Care Trusts ranked in the bottom quartile of providers as audited by the CQC “NHS Performance Ratings 2008/2009”. Although the standards have improved the NHS network faces increasing challenges to provide the quality of care expected. Kent has an ageing population, which is forecast to grow from 1.96m to 2.16m (approximately 9.7%) by 2021, with little or no additional funds to spend as the government’s austerity measures are implemented. As such there is a strong opportunity and desire for medical practitioners to find a complementary local solution.
KIMS is a tertiary level hospital that will perform high quality complex procedures for the Kent private and public healthcare market. There are currently no hospitals (either NHS or private) in Kent that provide tertiary level specialist medical services to the local population, which means consultants, surgeons and patients currently have no alternative but travel to London for such treatment.
Inevitably there may be competition at some level for some services, though the intention is to complement rather than disrupt existing service provisions. Following the completion of the new Pembury Hospital in Tonbridge, a number of services have been transferred from Maidstone Hospital to this new site. This has left a services gap in the local Maidstone area, which KIMS can help to fill. With this in mind, there have already been constructive discussions with the MTW Acute Hospital Trust to explore ways to work together.
Phase 1 of the development will generate approximately 400 whole/full time equivalent jobs. Once this is complete, the aim is to create some 3,000 jobs within the medical campus over a five year development period.
KIMS will aim to source a wide range of skills by recruiting as many local (Kent) team members as possible. Typical skills required include domestic and hospitality personnel, porters, security and reception, building and grounds maintenance, IT, all grades of nursing, technicians, administration, financial and procurement in addition to consultants.