Planning for a sustainable, digitally transformed local health and care system

Health and Wellbeing Board members were updated on our emerging sustainability and transformation plan (STP) this week.  Chief Officer Tracey Cox spoke of the need for organisations and people to work more closely together and develop a strategic alliance to ensure a sustainable, transformed NHS.

NHS England has asked each local health and care system in England to work together to create an ambitious plan to accelerate delivery of the Five Year Forward View.  It will aim to benefit the health and wellbeing of our local population, improve the quality of services and deliver financial stability throughout the local health and care system.  Locally it has been agreed that Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will work together to develop a single STP.

Tracey highlighted how planning by place – rather than by individual organisation – will support the transformation of care for local people and involves joining up local services as well as managing some services across a wider geographical area.  She reassured the Board that the STP would not replace the good work already going on locally to improve the health and wellbeing of our local population and that STP partner organisations are committed to ensuring the views of patients, carers and the wider public are taken into account.  As part of this, Healthwatch organisations in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire will be closely involved and provide support as plans develop.

Also at this week’s Health and Wellbeing Board meeting, members were presented with a draft Statement of Intent that sets out the vision and ambition for general practice in B&NES over the next four years. Locally, GP practices perform well for patient experience but faced with challenges such as an ageing population and persistent health inequalities in some areas of B&NES, primary care needs to be strengthened as the bedrock for a secure and sustainable NHS. GPs and practice staff are currently being consulted on the draft plan and wider stakeholder engagement is planned later in the year.

A digital health and care roadmap was presented to the Board by the CCG’s Chief Information Officer.  He highlighted a vision for IT to be used as pervasively across the local health and care system as it is every aspect of our lives.  Aspects of digital transformation include being paper free at the point of care by 2020, increased adoption of technology to enable self-care and improved use of real-time data analytics to improve patient care and outcomes.

You can watch the presentations on the STP, Statement of Intent and Digital Roadmap below: