Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) have been drawn up in every part of England to enable the delivery of a transformed NHS; delivering the “Five Year Forward View” vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency. The plans should cover all health and social care services in their areas, so as well as NHS bodies, councils are also key to their delivery.
How does it work in Leicester City, Leicestershire County and Rutland County?
The plan for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland was produced jointly by the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) and the three Councils; Leicester City, Leicestershire County and Rutland County.
Following the publishing of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland which aims to cut £400 million off the local health budget over the next 5 years which could result in 281 fewer hospital beds by 2020/21. Healthwatch’s Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, along with other health campaigners have expressed concern over proposed cuts in the number of hospital beds outlined in the STP and how major reorganisation will affect NHS staff.
What’s happened so far?
Your local Healthwatch are working together to make sure that the voice of local people is represented and included in our Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We are calling for a consistent and high-quality approach to providing local people with information about the STP and to engaging with them about any changes to services.
STP for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
The draft STP for our area was published in November 2016. The draft plan (and a summary for the public) can be found at http://www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/