Future NHS changes
The NHS Shared Planning Guidance asked every local health and care system in England to come together to create their own ambitious local plan for accelerating the implementation of the Five Year Forward View (5YFV).
These blueprints, called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), are place-based, multi-year plans built around the needs of local populations. STPs will help drive a genuine and sustainable transformation in health and care outcomes between 2016 and 2021.
They will also help build and strengthen local relationships, enabling a shared understanding of where we are now, our ambition for 2021 and the concrete steps needed to get us there.
To deliver these plans NHS providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Local Authorities, and other health and care services have come together to form 44 STP ‘footprints’. These are geographic areas in which people and organisations will work together to develop robust plans to transform the way that health and care is planned and delivered for their populations.
What does that mean for us?
The Health and Social Care landscape is complicated in North Yorkshire where the county is divided into three STP footprints
- West Yorkshire and Harrogate (Including Craven)
- Humber Coast and Vale (representing York, Selby, Ryedale and Scarborough)
- Durham Darlington Teesside Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby
We have worked with other Healthwatch organisations across West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and the North East to provide information from what we already know from people’s experiences as well as looking at specific pieces of research such as public feedback on Urgent and Emergency Care services.
Healthwatch North Yorkshire are pleased that the West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP has now been made public. It is essential that local people are able to understand and engage with these plans and shape the way the future of Health and Social Care will look in our area.
We strongly believe that this is only the start of a conversation - with local people at the heart of STP planning and shaping the future of health and social care.