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NHS Long Term Plan

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Health and care leaders have come together to develop a Long Term Plan to make the NHS fit for the future, and to get the most value for patients out of every pound of taxpayers’ investment.

The plan has been drawn up by those who know the NHS best, including frontline health and care staff, patient groups and other experts. A wide range of views have been shared, whether through the 200 events that have taken place, and through the 2,500 submissions received from individuals and groups representing the opinions and interests of 3.5 million people.

The ambitions set out in the national plan are challenging but realistic and reaffirm our ambitions locally. Much of the work the Together We’re Better health and care partnership has been doing over the past two years is reflected in the priorities set down nationally. 

It’s reassuring to know we have already put strong foundations in place locally; however, we recognise there is much more for us to do. Our clinically led work programmes are already working on areas such as primary care integration, digital innovation and prevention.

Integration is a key theme nationally and across the partnership we will continue to work together to develop an integrated care system. The newly launched integrated care teams are key to delivering this change and we will be rolling these pilot schemes out across the rest of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

More information on the NHS Long Term Plan is available at

Developing our local Five Year Plan

All Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems (ICS) have been asked to produce a five year strategic plan, that responds to the national ambitions.

This may be an NHS national plan, however locally we want to develop an integrated system-wide plan that works across health, social care and the voluntary sector. We know we need to do things differently and across all partners we’re working to find new ways of working.

Learning from 2016

In 2016, we released our first system-wide vision and plan. Since then, our work programmes have been identifying the challenges and opportunities that are featured in our Case for Change document in 2019. This is a part of a wider transformation programme that was already in progress before the national NHS Long Term Plan was released in January 2019.

This system plan will be an evolution of our 2016 plan. All partners are committed to building on the work we have been doing since 2016 and reviewing our priorities against those set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. 

We are on a continuous journey to tackle some of the significant challenges and opportunities faced locally. This plan allows us to check our progress against the national ambitions and to adjust and refocus our priorities.

In developing our priorities, we have listened to the views of our clinicians, local representatives group and partners. Our 12 week listening exercise gathered views from over 2,000 people to help inform the priorities. 

In addition, we worked with our Healthwatch partners to identify the priority areas they are best placed to support with involvement, which would not duplicate the work of the listening exercise.

We will use this feedback to help inform our plan and five year priorities. You can read their full report on Healthwatch Stoke on Trent’s website

Publishing the Five Year Plan

The local Five Year Plan for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of developing the local ICS plan, our Five Year Plan will be refreshed and published in the near future.

Director's blog

Simon Whitehouse, Director of Together We’re Better, talks about the national Long Term Plan and how we will develop our local strategic plan.