Please note: A general election will take place on 8 June 2017 and between now and then we are in a period known as ‘purdah’. This requires the CCG to ensure it is politically impartial at all times and restricts the amount of information we are able to provide during this time around a number of issues, including the STP.
STP and Caring Together in Brighton and Hove
The Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) outlines how the NHS and social care will work together to improve and join-up services to meet the changing needs of all of the people who live in our area. It is the first time that we have all worked together in this way and it gives us an opportunity to bring about significant improvements in health and care over the next five years.
The STP is not one single separate plan. It is a way of making sure that all the plans being developed by health and social care organisations across the area are joined up and working together. The STP aims to ensure that no part of the health and care system operates in isolation. We know that what happens in GP surgeries, for example, impacts on social care, which also impacts on hospital wards, and so on. Our overarching approach is to focus on ensuring there are local ‘place-based plans’ to support the delivery of care as close to home as possible.
While STPs are in place nation-wide, they are not ‘one size fits all’. Each STP is focused on the needs of its own communities. The approach taken by one STP has no bearing on the approach that might be taken by others.
At this stage, the Sussex and East Surrey STP sets out an overarching plan for the services and challenges we want to focus on together. It builds on plans and programmes that are already underway or being developed with clinicians, patients and the public across the area, such as the development of the major trauma centre in Brighton and Hove and the city’s ‘Caring Together’ programme (see further details below).
The organisations within the STP are now identifying what work is needed during 2017/18 and 2018/19 to achieve our ambitions for better, sustainable services and healthier communities. As these plans emerge, clinicians, patients and the public will be fully involved. Decisions will not be taken without the involvement of people who use our services and the public, and if significant service changes are proposed they will be subject to full consultation.
Frequent questions about the STP
Is there going to be a public consultation on the STP proposals and when will this take place?
Many of the elements of the STP, such as Brighton and Hove’s ‘Caring Together’ programme, have been built on ongoing patient and public engagement. Patients and the public will be involved in the development of further work to achieve the ambitions set out in the STP. Where these result in service change proposals, they will be subject to full consultation.
When will full details be made available so the public can learn exactly the impact on patients and staff?
The high level STP has already been published on the websites of those organisations involved. It ensures that programmes already underway and plans in development across the area are integrated across the many different local health and care organisations and identifies what further work is needed. As these plans develop, staff, patients and the public will continue to be involved. If significant service changes are proposed they will be subject to full consultation.
When will your council/CCG be able to 'sign off' on the plan?
All the organisations are working towards agreement of a high level STP. Working together to look at and challenge the STP process, they will be developing, engaging around and approving the plans and programmes that are being integrated through the STP.
Is this a money-based plan? It has been said there is a 'significantly worsened' financial position/gap in deficits compared to the amount announced last year.
This year the health service faced one of the most challenging winters we have known. It is well know that many organisations across the area have been struggling to maintain their financial plans during the course of the year. That is one of the reasons why it is imperative that we take the opportunity of the STP to work together to ensure health and care services remain financially sustainable.
Caring Together in Brighton and Hove
For several years work has been underway in Brighton and Hove on a programme called ‘Caring Together’, which sets out how the city can improve and transform adult and children’s services, physical and mental health, social care, public health, GPs, pharmacies, community, voluntary sector and hospital services. It is a joint programme led by Brighton and Hove CCG and Brighton & Hove City Council and builds on existing collaborative working in the city.
The two organisations have already engaged with the public about the aims and objectives and a programme description was approved by the CCG’s governing body last month. More detailed plans will now be developed alongside significant engagement with the public, patients, the community sector, Healthwatch and GPs in the coming months. A comprehensive engagement plan is being developed and the next public engagement event is planned for the summer.
Sussex and East Surrey STP Submission November 2016
Central Sussex and East Surrey Alliance Delivery Plan
The Central Sussex and East Surrey Alliance (CSESA) was formed in the summer of 2016 and forms one of the three geographical areas that make up the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
Local Digital Roadmap
The Local Digital Roadmap describes how technology will be used to support delivery of the Stratagic Transformation plan. You can find the Local Digital Roadmap on the Coastal West Sussex CCG Website here.