Major NHS Change
Huge shifts began to take place in the NHS back in 2015 when Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) were announced as the latest innovation designed to respond to the challenges facing local health and social care services. Health and Care Partnerships (HCPs), made up of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector, have since taken up the baton locally.
STPs built on previous collaborative work to support the implementation of the Five Year Forward View, which contains measures to deliver a more responsive NHS, focussed on the issues which matter most to people using the service. STPs also have the goal to improve care by making practical changes to how the NHS works, for example making it easier to see a GP, speeding up cancer diagnosis and offering more timely help to people with mental ill health.
To implement these plans on a local level, health care organisations across six London boroughs have come together to form the South West London Health and Care Partnership (SWL HCP). The Partnership spent considerable time listening to stakeholders and local people and used the feedback they received to refresh their strategy for health and care in South West London. The resulting draft strategy document: The South West London Health and Care Partnership: One year on reflects the feedback received over a one year period, and has enabled the Partnership to strengthen its focus on partnership working, prevention and keeping people well.
The SWL HCP plans to continue working in partnership with the NHS, local authorities, the voluntary sector and Healthwatch to develop “local health and care plans” for each area. These local plans will be published in June 2018. You can have your say and influence local plans for Wandsworth via the SWL HCP website - they are keen to gather the views and experiences of as many local people as possible. Have a look at what they've done so far, based on local people's feedback.
If you're a local organisation why not apply for the latest round of Grassroots Funding available via the Wandsworth Care Alliance website? Funding of up to £750 can be allocated to organisations and groups for activities or events for the local community, and to which local NHS can be invited to speak to people about their experiences of local services.
This short video provides a simple summary of some of the planned changes to health and social care services locally. The following links help explain other expressions you might have heard mentioned in association with planned changes to health and social care:Integrated Care SystemLocal Transformation Plans