Our Healthier South East London
In December 2015, NHS organisations in 44 areas of England were asked to work together to produce a five-year plan (covering up to March 2021) to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View. These plans are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).
Our STP is called Our Healthier South East London. It has evolved from a commissioner-led strategy – established in 2013 - into a partnership between local commissioners and providers, working with local authorities, patients and the public.
The STP is not a blueprint for the next five years: it is a series of plans for different clinical and management areas that are at different stages of development.
The STP (full version and summary) was published on 4 November 2016 and was one of the first in the country to be made public.
Why change things?
The plan aims to address a number of challenges, including:
- a growing and aging population living with long term conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and mental illness
- quality of care and outcomes of treatment differs depending on when and where people access services
- patient experience differs and some people find it difficult to get an appointment or feel they do not have enough information about their condition
- NHS funding increases in line with inflation but the costs of providing care are rising much faster – which, at the moment, could mean an overspend for south east London of around £1bn by 2021 if we were to do nothing.
Our plan is designed to make sure services are high quality, more joined-up and available closer to home. We can also reduce costs and help manage demand by working together rather than each organisation doing this alone.
What does the plan mean for local people?
Better community based care including: extra £7.5 million a year to ensure that people in south east London can book a GP at a time that suits them – including more evening and weekend slots.
No closures of any A&E and maternity departments – we want to make sure they all meet high standards of care in the future.
Better maternity care – dedicated midwives supporting mothers throughout pregnancy, better advice and choice on birth options.
Faster cancer diagnosis – new £160 million purpose built cancer centres at Guy's Hospital and £30 million centre at Queen Mary's Sidcup, launch of dedicated oncology support phone line, dedicated clinical nurse specialists for all patients.
Different parts of local health and care services working together to use available money and resources in the best way possible.
Have local people been involved?
The models of care developed through Our Healthier South East London are the product of several years of partnership working between clinicians, commissioners, council social care leads, local hospitals, and have been informed by extensive engagement with local communities, patients and the public.
Find out more about the plan and how to have your say by visiting www.ourhealthiersel.nhs.uk
Page updated 30.7.18