STP Update 3

Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

As you will know from previous updates the health and care economies of both Herefordshire and Worcestershire are working together on developing a Sustainability and Transformation Plan. All 44 STP areas across the country are doing this and it’s an acknowledgment that some of the challenges we face have to be tackled across a wider footprint. 

There has been some local media coverage around this and so for this latest update we would like to recap what the STP is all about and the principles which underpin it.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been asked to work together as a “footprint” to develop a local Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) to ensure that we have safe and sustainable NHS services for the future. While the planning guidance focuses mainly on NHS services, developing a credible plan will require the NHS to work closely with social care, public health and other local government services, as well as third sector organisations and members of the local community.

This plan will identify the gaps in relation to Health and Wellbeing, Care and Quality & Finance and Efficiency, known as the triple aims. Through understanding the drivers for these gaps on a collective basis the STP for Herefordshire and Worcestershire will outline the ways in which we can address them.

All key decision makers across both counties are signed up to a ‘Co-productive’ approach which has the support of the Health and Wellbeing Boards. As this process develops the involvement and engagement of communities, patients, clinicians and staff will continue to be key in shaping plans for the future of local services, to ensure that the NHS can provide effective patient-centred care.

In our footprint we have done some early work around our gaps and challenges. A number of clinical priorities have been identified as requiring focus in the STP and will be addressed at different population levels across the footprint, through reviewing performance, health outcomes, mortality and current CQC ratings for providers in the footprint.

These priorities encompass all ages and a broad range of services delivered across all providers including, general practice, maternity, outcomes for children, mental health and learning disabilities, urgent care, stroke, cancer, out of hospital care, and frailty. Key areas of focus to enable delivery of the STP are Workforce & Organisational Development, Digital, Communications & Engagement, Change Management, Self-Care and Patient Empowerment, Estates and back office functions.

Through developing the STP as an overarching umbrella plan for health and care services in Herefordshire and Worcestershire we will be building on existing programmes, local needs and national priorities.

The national deadline for the submission of STP’s is 30th June 2016.