In December 2015, NHS organisations in 44 areas of England were asked to work together to produce a five-year plan (covering up to March 2021) to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View. These plans are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).
Our STP is called Our Healthier South East London. It has evolved from a commissioner-led strategy – established in 2013 - into a partnership between local commissioners and providers, working with local authorities, patients and the public.
The STP is not a blueprint for the next five years: it is a series of plans for different clinical and management areas that are at different stages of development.
The STP (full version and summary) was published on 4 November 2016 and was one of the first in the country to be made public. Local people and patients were directly involved in the development of the plan through attending either a borough focused deliberative event or through wider community engagement on the case for change.
Why change things?
The plan aims to address a number of challenges, including:
Our plan is designed to make sure services are high quality, more joined-up and available closer to home. We can also reduce costs and help manage demand by working together rather than each organisation doing this alone.
What does the plan mean for local people?
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Have local people been involved?
The models of care developed through Our Healthier South East London are the product of several years of partnership working between clinicians, commissioners, council social care leads, local hospitals, and have been informed by extensive engagement with local communities, patients and the public. There is a patient and public reference group which meets on a regular basis to review the involvement of patients and an equality and diversity group (which involves patient representatives). You can read here about how the public and patients have been involved during 2018.
Find out more about the plan and how to have your say by visiting www.ourhealthiersel.nhs.uk