The STP and what it means for Nottingham
Sustainability and Transformation Plans or STP’s are happening across the country. Nottingham and Nottinghamshire is one of the 44 ‘footprint’ areas which bring together those that plan and deliver health and care services to collectively plan how local services will work to improve the quality of care, their population’s health and manage finances across the system.
Locally it means that health and care organisations in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have come together over the last few months to find ways to change services in our City and County, and have recently published their draft joint five year STP.
The STP for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire identifies five ‘high impact’ areas for change:
- Promote wellbeing, prevention, independence and self-care
- Strengthen primary, community, social care and carer services
- Simplify urgent and emergency care
- Deliver technology enabled care
- Ensure consistent and evidence based pathways in planned care.
Healthwatch Nottingham welcomes the publication of our local draft STP and we are pleased to see that the ambition in the plan is both an increase in healthy life expectancy and a reduction in health inequalities. The principal driver for these plans across the country is a recognition that rising demand will outstrip future funding. But it is also accepted that services could be significantly improved and delivered more cost effectively by, for example, Health and Social Care working much more closely together.
Healthwatch have participated in the meetings that have led to the publication of the plan but until now have not been able to communicate directly with the public about it. We note that the plan relies heavily on a change in the lifestyle choices that people make which would bring about reductions in long term conditions (like obesity) and in specific diseases related to alcohol and smoking prevalence. We would want to see what citizens say about how this can be achieved.
Now the plan has been published, our overriding concern is that citizens are given a proper opportunity to comment on it with a clear commitment that, if necessary, the plan can be changed to reflect those views. We firmly believe that if people are involved in shaping the plan, then the final plan will be better because of their involvement.
To view the plan and for more information, please visit www.stpnotts.org.uk
STP partner organisations are keen to hear feedback on the draft plan which outlines key areas of focus and a general direction of travel for health and care services across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Comments and feedback can be emailed to STP@nottscc.gov.uk or sent to:David Pearson, County Hall, Loughborough Rd, Nottingham, NG2 7QP
You can also call the STP programme office on 0115 977 3577 or contact us on 0115 859 9510