Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

Healthwatch Staffordshire is committed to championing the views of local people, and we will work closely with developments around the STP in order to ensure that your voice is heard. If you would like to talk to us, then please get in touch on 0800 051 8371.

Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Patient Reference Groups for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Patients and members of the public can now apply to join Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) patient reference groups. The creation of the patient reference groups are the next stage in the STP following the series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events, hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December 2016, which were attended by more than 200 people.

The STP, which was published on Thursday 15 December 2016, will now look to develop more detailed plans local health and social care services. Now that the high level plan has been created, all organisations involved with the STP want to talk to those people who live and work in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent about how it can be improved and what needs to be done to make it happen. In addition, local government and the NHS will be working in partnership to engage with frontline clinicians and a wide range of stakeholders.

The patient reference groups will support the development of these plans by generating ideas, meeting with key clinicians and commenting on the proposals. The STP workstreams for patient reference groups are:

  • Frail Elderly and Long Term Conditions - Reducing local reliance on bed based services by improving community services, with people returning to their home after treatment as quickly as possible, wherever possible
  • Urgent and Emergency Care - Simplifying the urgent & emergency care system in order to improve outcomes and reduce waiting times
  • Enhanced Primary and Community Care – Including looking at an increase in services delivered in the community by circa 23 specialised “multi-disciplinary” teams based around local populations in Staffordshire of between 30,000 – 70,000.
  • Planned Care - Creating Planned Care centres of excellence to improve health outcomes, reduce duplication of services and make best use of NHS and Local Authority land and buildings
  • Prevention & Well-Being - Encouraging more people to live healthily and avoid illness
  • Digital - Providing patients with the tools and technology to help manage their own conditions and health and care services with systems that support clinicians

Penny Harris, Programme Director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP said: “Over the past year we have been working with health and care organisations across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent on how best to meet the many opportunities and challenges facing us. Now we want to open the discussion with patient reference groups to contribute to bring together people with knowledge to create safe, high quality, consistent and affordable health and care. This is a real opportunity to help shape the services of the future and we welcome all applications to join one of the groups.”

If you would like to apply to join a patient reference group or for more information, please contact Healthwatch Staffordshire via  Freephone 08000518371 or ; or Healthwatch Stoke-on Trent on 01782 683080



Staffordshire health leaders reassure patients over plans to reshape services

Health leaders in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent are speaking out to reassure patients that proposals to change urgent and emergency care services are designed to improve care for patients by providing them with convenient and appropriate alternatives to waiting in A&E if they have an urgent, but minor ailment. Details of the five-year Staffordshire and Stoke-on Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) were released in December 2016, which included proposals to consider ways to reshape a number of services to make them more responsive to the needs of patients.
Dr Bill Gowans, Medical Director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on Trent STP, said: "The STP allows us to look at how we can improve healthcare across the county - including accident & emergency (A&E) and minor injuries units (MIUs).
“Some of that means thinking differently about the role our hospitals play in people’s local health needs and we appreciate the strength of local feeling on this subject.
"We all know that A&Es are busy and that patients requiring urgent medical help can sometimes experience long waiting times, especially in winter. We need to talk about adapting our services to increase the benefits to patients of different types of care.
"Many people have healthcare needs which need to be met urgently but which are not emergencies. Patients do not want to spend hours in an A&E if their condition is not an emergency but they still can't wait for treatment.

"This is why we regularly review our services to ensure that we meet the needs of our changing population and take advantage of the latest technologies and innovations, as well as talking about potential changes with local people.
“But there is further work to be done. No major decisions have been made and they will only be made via a consultation process, following more conversations and engagement with the public.”


Sustainability and Transformation Plan is Published

Every health and care system in England has produced a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) showing how local services will become sustainable by 2020/21.  The plans set out how health outcomes will be improved, how care and quality will be improved and how the health and care systems can be made financially sustainable.  Local health and care systems came together in January 2016 to form 44 STP geographic 'footprints'.  Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent were formed as one of these footprints and have worked together to produce the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

Jan Sensier Chief Executive Officer of Healthwatch Staffordshire said: “Healthwatch Staffordshire welcomes the publication of the STP as we firmly believe that the STP process should be as transparent as possible.  In all the events we have held about the STP over the past five weeks, we have heard some excellent debates with some really interesting comments and suggestions made by members of the public. This shows the importance or working with local communities to design their local services, and we look forward to working with the STP to ensure this happens as the plans are further developed.

We understand that some of the decisions that the STP will make over coming months will be unpopular with some communities. We want to ensure all voices are heard, and that where there are concerns, these are addressed and taken into account.  In principle, we support the ambition of the STP to bring services closer to home, to invest in community and primary care services, and to empower people to manage their own health and care where possible. However, we need to see the detail of the plans to ensure that people will not be disadvantaged, and that the STP can deliver the sustainable health and care system for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent that it is setting out to do"

You can read the full STP document here

Healthwatch Staffordshire is committed to championing the views of local people, and we will work closely with developments around the STP in order to ensure that your voice is heard. If you would like to talk to us, then please get in touch on  ENQUIRIES@HEALTHWATCHSTAFFORDSHIRE.CO.UK