Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent along with every other area of the country, have been asked by NHS England to put together a plan as to how we will improve the quality of health and social care tailored around our local population and reduce financial deficits across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. These plans are known as ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans, or ‘STPs’ for short, and they focus on how our local health and social care services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years in alignment with the NHS Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.
There is a lot to be proud of in our local health and social care services, but we have to very carefully review our health and social care provision to ensure it is both of the highest possible quality and providing value for local people.
This is also an exciting opportunity to make it easier for people to access health and care services closer to where they live, making sure services are available when they’re needed most, but also raising awareness of or implementing new alternatives to Accident and Emergency, to help ease pressure on these critical services. We want to ensure the quality of the care our patients receive is the same regardless of where they live, their social or economic background or whether they have mental health (including learning disabilities) or physical health needs or both.
Nothing contained within the STP is finalised at this stage and it is important to point out that no decisions relating to large-scale service changes will be made without further engagement and consultation. We will provide regular updates throughout 2017.