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Sustainability and Transformation Plan published

Friday November 25, 2016

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for NHS, social care and public health services in Sussex and East Surrey has been published today on the Coastal West Sussex CCG website.

The published plan outlines the demographic, quality and financial challenges our region faces over the next five years, sets out the priorities we will be working together to address and identifies the outcomes we aim to achieve.

Our STP region has been sub-divided into three smaller areas, with WSHFT part of the Coastal Care locality. More detailed delivery plans for each area are still being finalised and so have not been included in the version of the STP published today. These will be shared as soon as they are agreed.

Background to the STP

NHS England has asked all areas of the country (divided into 43 ‘footprints’) to produce an STP that helps deliver the Five Year Forward View setting out the national vision for health.

The aim of the STP is to identify the ways in which we think services need to change over the next five years to provide the right care for our communities on a sustainable basis for the long term. The outcomes it seeks to achieve are:

  • Better health and wellbeing
  • Better standards of care
  • Better use of staff and funds

This is the first time NHS, social care and public health organisations have all worked together and is a unique opportunity to bring about major improvements in patient services through a more joined-up and collaborative approach. Prevention, early detection and enabling people to manage their own care where appropriate are central themes of all STPs.

The Sussex and East Surrey STP identifies three region-wide priorities we want to address by developing and sharing better models of care. These are:

  • Urgent and emergency care
  • Frailty
  • Primary care

The publication of the over-arching STP is just the start of the process and more local plans will be developed in more detail with input from patients, staff and stakeholders.

There will be a range of means by which people can get involved in the discussions that will shape the final plans and their delivery, and these will open for dialogue over the coming months.

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