Major NHS Change - South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan
Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are plans for the future of health and care services in England. Local NHS organisations have been asked to collaborate to respond to the challenges facing local services.
Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) were announced in December 2015. NHS organisations in different parts of the country have been asked to come together to develop ‘place-based plans’ for the future of health and care services in their area.
South West London NHS which is a consortium of Clinical Commissioning Groups in the region published their report in November and the consultation process is now beginning. From April 2017, STPs will become the single application and approval process for accessing NHS transformation funding, with the best plans set to receive funds more quickly. But what do STPs really mean? And what will they mean for the NHS?
What are STPs?
STPs are five-year plans covering all areas of NHS spending in England. The proposed scope of STPs is broad. NHS England and other national bodies set out around 60 questions for local leaders to consider in their plans, covering three headline areas:
- improving quality and developing new models of care;
- improving health and wellbeing;
- and improving efficiency of services.
Leaders have been asked to identify the key priorities for their local area to meet these challenges and deliver financial balance. While the guidance focuses mainly on NHS services, STPs must also cover better integration with council services. You can find out more information about STPs in general here (Kings Fund website). Kings Fund have also published a review of all 44 plans which will give you and overview of the themes across England, click here to read.
So what is happening in Croydon?
The plan for Croydon is part of the South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which can be viewed and downloaded from here. This plan also includes services for the neighbouring boroughs of Wandsworth, Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames, Merton and Sutton. Croydon will have its own delivery plan. This was published on 26 October 2016, by Sutton Council at the request of Cllr Ruth Dombey. The same document can also be accessed from the South West London Collaborative Commissioning, along with a summary, published on 14 November 2016.
There is also a document on Croydon STP Commissioning Intentions 2017-19, dated 30 September 2016 and presented at Croydon's Health and Wellbeing Board on 19 October 2016. These are also shown at the bottom of this page.
We welcome any Croydon resident to contact us if they need more information, or want to give their views on proposals. Our November 2016 Open Forum was on STPs and you can read the press release and report here.
We will update with more information on this page as we receive it.
Healthwatch Croydon has produced Healthwatch Croydon and the Sustainability and Transformation Plan guidance showing how they plan to engage in terms of communication, participation, insight and co-design, see below.