Staff and public conversations


Get involved and help shape the future of health and care in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw


Between February and April, people living and working in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield were asked for their views on the initial thinking in the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

The STP starts by saying there have been some big improvements in health and social care over the last 15 years. For example, people with cancer and heart conditions are experiencing better care and living longer.

However, people’s needs have changed, new treatments are emerging, the quality of care is variable and preventable illness is widespread. There will also be an estimated funding gap of £571 million if services continue to work in the way they are doing now.

Over the last 12 months, all health and care organisations across the region have worked together to develop a vision and a set of priorities to address these challenges and improve the health and wellbeing of their combined population. In partnership with local Healthwatch and voluntary sector organisations, members of the public are now being asked to get involved.

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw plan is made up of five local plans – referred to as ‘place’ plans. Each place plan has been developed by local doctors, hospital chief executives, clinical commissioners, council officers and patient and voluntary sector groups.

All feedback will go to the Collaborative Partnership Board to be discussed before any future plans for services are made.

If you would like to be kept updated on the STP, along with receiving the survey report, please get in touch or subscribe to our newsletter.

What's the ambition?

The main ambition is to give everyone in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw a great start in life, with support to stay healthy and live longer. There are ten draft priorities to help achieve this:

1. Reduce inequalities for all, helping people to live well and stay well for longer

2. Join up health and care services, so they respond better to people’s needs

3. Spend more money on care in communities, focusing on local healthcare centres

4. Treat and care for people’s mental and physical health

5. Make hospital care the same for everyone, everywhere

6. Make urgent and emergency care simpler so that it’s easier for people to get care

7. Develop a workforce in the right place and with the right skills

8. Use technology to support people to be well at home, manage their own care and for staff to be connected better

9. Have health and care services that are funded long term

10. Work with people, staff and communities to make all this happen

What do our leaders say?

Sir Andrew Cash, lead for the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw STP, said:

“This is an important opportunity for everyone in the region, from organisations, staff, patients and members of the public to come together to really make a difference and make sure that our services are continuously improving and meeting the needs of everyone living in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.”

Will Cleary-Gray, director of sustainability and transformation for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, said:

“We are in the very early stages of looking at how we can achieve our ambitions of improving our health and care services and are beginning to explore what is possible. We want to involve staff and the public in how we do this and the conversations we’re now having are the start of that.

“By working with our Healthwatch and voluntary sector colleagues, we want to know what people think – have we got the challenges right? Are there other priorities we need to be looking at?

“We want to make sure that the people of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw are involved and kept up to date as plans develop, so that the future of local health and care services is shaped by the people who need, use and work in them.”


How do I know if my organisation is a partner?

Please see below list of all partner organisations:

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group

Bassetlaw District Council

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster Children’s ServicesTrust

NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

NHS England

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire County Council

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group

Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield City Council

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Healthwatch Barnsley

Healthwatch Doncaster

Healthwatch Nottinghamshire

Healthwatch Rotherham

Healthwatch Sheffield

Voluntary Action Barnsley

Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service

Doncaster Community and Voluntary Service

Voluntary Action Rotherham

Voluntary Action Sheffield