First ratings published for sustainability and transformation partnerships

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NHS England and NHS Improvement have today released the first progress dashboards for the 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships in England.

In March 2016 England was split into 44 planning areas which brought together local health and care organisations, the voluntary & community sector and communities. For Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, the partnership is known as Together We’re Better, which has a Board comprising representatives of members of the partnership. This includes Healthwatch.

Each area was asked to develop local blueprints that set out how they would achieve the triple aim of

  1. improved health and wellbeing,
  2. transformed quality of care delivery and
  3. sustainable finances.

These blueprints became known as sustainability and transformation plans (STP).

In the publication of the first ever ratings for these partnerships, the regulators of health services used four bandings; outstanding, advanced, making progress and needs most improvement.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been rated as ‘needs most improvement’.

David Pearson, Interim Chair of Together We’re Better, said “I take these results very seriously and I will ensure that the Health and Care Transformation Board continues to focus on improving health and care services for the residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. It is only by working better together that we can overcome the challenges that we face.”

Simon Whitehouse, Director of Together We’re Better, said “The challenges that Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent faces are well documented and have not appeared overnight. Improving services in Staffordshire won’t be achieved by organisations acting alone or in isolation. The solutions lie in the whole health and care system working together. Together We’re Better is the partnership that brings NHS and local authority organisations together to do exactly that. No one said this would be easy but it is what, collectively, we’re committed to doing for the people of Staffordshire.”