“The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is one of 44 local plans being developed across England, which will set out how affordable, good quality health and social care will be provided in the future” (NHS England – December 2016)
Below are some key points from STP summary document, published in late December.
Why do we need a Sustainability and Transformation Plan?
“There are a number of challenges facing the NHS that require us to change and modernise the way in which we provide local health and care services to ensure local communities are the healthiest they can be”. The challenges include significant increases in population, increase in demand for services and difficulty in recruiting and retaining. “We need to find new and better ways to meet the health and care needs of local people and do things differently”
How have our plans been developed?
“We can only make improvements if we all work together. This means patients, their carers, our staff, hospitals, local councils, the NHS, universities and a range of other organisations working in the public, private and voluntary sectors, all joining together to agree a plan to improve local health and care services in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West” The local STP has been developed using feedback from local engagement events including the “Call to Action” events in Berkshire West.
What are we going to do?
“Our ambition is to make sure that everyone in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West has access to high quality health and care, regardless of where they live or which service they use”
The priority areas include:
- improving the well-being of local people by helping them to stay healthy, manage their own care and identify health problems earlier
- organising urgent and emergency care so that people are directed to the right services for treatment
What does this mean for local people?
“As we implement these plans over the next five years we aim to deliver the following benefits to our population
- People will be able to get an appointment with their doctor at a convenient time
- Specialist and family doctors, community nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and pharmacists will offer treatment and care in teams who work together in local neighbourhoods around the needs of patients
- Fewer people who need specialised mental health services will have to be cared for a long way from their home, families and friends
- Patients will only have to share their medical history, allergies and medication details once, regardless of whether they are in a hospital accident and emergency department or a GP surgery, and they will be able to access their medical record online
- For patients with diabetes, heart or breathing problems, technology will be able to monitor things, such as blood pressure, remotely, alerting the doctor to any problems
- As taxpayers, people can be assured that care is provided in an efficient and cost effective way
How can I get involved and find out more?
Watch this space for details of future public engagement events. You can find out more about the draft Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West STP here