In 2016, we published our ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. This was the first plan developed by what would become the “Sustainability and Transformation Partnership”, or “Together We’re Better”. It outlined a range of potential opportunities for doing things differently, recognising the need to bring the local community on the journey with us. You can view the 2016 plan here.
Lots of work has been done since 2016, and we have continued to build on what we have already done and have developed as system.
Throughout 2019, we created our Five Year Plan, in response to the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan. This set out our objectives for how we will transform services for the local population, over the following five years. Unfortunately, this work had to pause, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and so this plan was never published.
Recognising that the COVID-19 pandemic changed health and care services right across the country, in December 2020, whilst operating as a newly evolved shadow Integrated Care System, we developed an updated plan.
This ICS Development plan set out how the system will work, the opportunities that integration provides and what will be done to tackle the health equalities we face. You can view the full plan here.
To help us deliver our vision we have developed a strategic framework, which is included in the Development Plan. It asks a series of questions to focus our priorities and agree the projects we need to work on to deliver improvements. They include:
Do we have the right level of care for our population?
Are we doing this in the right place and at the right time?
Are we as efficient as we should be?
Do we have the right outcomes for people, communities and our population?
Partnership working is at the very core of the ICS and has been at the heart of our response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our development plan builds on the lessons we have already learnt from the pandemic as we work together to transform our health and care system.
There is a strong commitment from all our partners to make this happen and for it to change the way health care is delivered for the benefit of our population.
We will improve residents’ health, prevent illness, deliver seamless, joined-up care and ensure parity between physical and mental health. All this will be done so we can tackle the health inequalities that exist across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.