Bringing together 25 partner organisations, the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw STP sets out the vision, ambitions and priorities for the future of the region’s health and care. The goal is for everyone in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to have a great start in life, with support to stay healthy and live longer.
There have been some big improvements in health and social care in our region in the last 15 years. People with cancer and heart conditions are experiencing better care and living longer. There has also been improvement in mental health and primary care services. On the whole, people are more satisfied with their health and care services.
However, people's needs have changed, new treatments are emerging, the quality of care is variable, and preventable illness is widespread.
Quality, experience and outcomes vary and care is often disjointed from one service to another because our hospitals, care homes, general practices, community and other services don’t always work as closely as they should. STP organisations have had some good Care Quality Commission feedback but there are areas for improvement.
In addition, there are some people in hospital beds who do not need to be there, many people go to A&E because they are unable to see their GP when they need to and there are growing waiting times to access many services.
In some areas, there is a national shortage of clinical staff. Indeed, we are already consulting on proposed changes to hyper acute stroke services and some children’s surgery in the region because such shortages are already having an impact .
Furthermore, there are high levels of deprivation, unhealthy lifestyles and too many people dying prematurely from preventable diseases and there are significant inequalities across the region.
There are also significant financial pressures on health and care services - with an estimated gap of £571 million in the next four years.
The plan is built on a history of strong relationships and where all can see the opportunities and are motivated to deliver significant improvements. It is about working together even better, and in new ways.
Prevention is at its heart – from in the home to hospital care, focusing on people staying well in their own neighbourhoods whilst introducing new services, improving co-ordination between those that exist and have staff working in the best way to meet people’s needs.
Alongside reshaping and strengthening primary and community services, by working as a network, access to specialist hospital care will be improved so that no matter where people live, they have excellent, high quality care and experiences.
Other factors affecting health will be a focus, including education, employment and housing to not only improve the health but the wellbeing and life chances of everyone in the region.
Being shared widely, staff, patients and the public are invited to share their views to help shape further work and deliver our ambitions for improved health and care.
Published on 11 November 2016, download the plan here. Details on how you can get involved in conversations will be out soon.