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. This may be an NHS national plan, however locally we want to develop an integrated STP 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. The newly launched Integrated Care Teams are key to delivering this change and in 2019 we will be rolling these pilot schemes out across the rest of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
This is an important year for us all as we launch our public conversation (pre consultation) in Spring 2019, and then develop our transformational business case towards the end of 2019. We hope everyone will take part in the conversations planned. You can find out more about our plans for engagement here.
Having this new plan in place will enable the partnership to build on our local plans to ensure the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are able to start well, live well and age well.
More information on the NHS Long Term Plan is available at www.longtermplan.nhs.uk
Highlights of Together We're Better's work in 2018 and some of our plans for 2019