Help shape the future of health and care in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

Thursday 16th February 2017

Help shape the future of health and care in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

People living in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield are being asked for their views on the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

Since its publication late last year, the Plan has been discussed at board level by each of the STP partner organisations alongside ‘place’ plans from each of the areas - and it is now the turn of the public and staff working in the region’s NHS and local authorities.

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.”

All feedback will go to the Collaborative Partnership Board to be discussed before any future plans for services go forward. The conversation with the public runs until the end of March and with staff until mid-April.

To find out more about how you can get involved, please see information here

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