Sustainability and Transformation Plan
Sustainability and Transformation Plan
Over the last few months, leaders from health and care organisations from Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) and Swindon have been working together to develop a ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ (STP) so that the aims of the NHS Five Year Forward View – improved health and wellbeing, transformed quality of care delivery, and sustainable finances – can become reality.
The collaboration is intended to create the opportunity to make big changes to the way the needs of local people are addressed at a time when quality, services and finances are all under immense pressure. Working together to cover a combined population size of approximately one million people, the STP for our area will bid for and receive a transformation fund from 2017/18 onwards, which will be used to pay for health and social care services.
Our STP brings together the three hospitals which serve Wiltshire people: Royal United Hospital, Great Western Hospital and Salisbury Foundation Trust. It also includes the Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities from the three areas, South Western Ambulance Service and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust. The providers of community services (including Wiltshire Health and Care) and the Wessex Local Medical Committee (representing GPs from across the STP area) are involved also.
Joint statement from Healthwatch Wiltshire, Healthwatch Swindon and Healthwatch Bath and North East Somerset
Your local Healthwatch are working together to make sure that the voice of local people is represented and included in our Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES), Swindon and Wiltshire. Together we are calling for a consistent and high quality approach to providing local people with information about STP and to engaging with them about any changes to services.
It is good that finally the STP document for our area has been published. However, there is very little ‘easy to understand’ information available for the public about what our STP means. Local Healthwatch say that this must be addressed early in 2017.
Given the challenges the NHS and social care face, the STP cannot afford to be scared of engaging with the public. We are pleased to see that our STP has committed to engaging with the public and patients. However, your local Healthwatch has concerns about the amount of resource available to deliver public engagement and has raised this with the STP Board.
People tell Healthwatch they recognise the NHS is under pressure and they want to do their bit to help. Even though the plans are still in early stages, those who may have read about the STPs in the press will understandably be concerned about what this means for them. If the STP fails to involve people in any big decisions they will not only face opposition to the changes but they will also miss out on a golden opportunity to make the right changes first time.
The three local Healthwatch have put together information about our role in the STP and what local people should expect in terms of engagement, information and consultation. It can be found here: https://www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk/project/sustainability-transformation-plans/
We will continue to be a critical friend and work to ensure that the people of B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire are given an opportunity to have their say in how their services are run in the future.
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Healthwatch Wiltshire is working with Healthwatch Swindon and Healthwatch BANES to make sure the voice of local people is represented. Together we are calling for a consistent and high quality approach to providing local people with information about STP and to engaging with them about any changes to services.
If you would like more background information on Sustainability and Transformation plans then check out these webpages: