The NHS in south west London is working with local authorities on a long term plan for local services. All NHS regions across the country are required to do this. The five-year plan is called the ‘sustainability and transformation plan’ (STP). The draft plan will be published later on in the year.
This work is being jointly carried out by local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), hospitals, community health services and mental health trusts, with the support of local councils and members of the public. We will build on work already taking place in south west London and Surrey Downs and we will be looking at all aspects of local health services – hospitals, primary care, mental health and community services.
We are developing a five year plan which will:
- use our money and staff differently to build services around the needs of patients
- invest in more and better services in local communities to improve outcomes for patients – proactive, preventative care
- invest in our estates to bring them up to scratch
- try to bring all services up to the standard of the best.
This will tackle our four biggest challenges – money, workforce, estates and consistent quality of care – and deliver proactive, preventative care.
Our draft STP for SWL is still undergoing national assurance and we expect to submit a further iteration to NHS England in October. In the meantime, we have continued to share our thinking with local people and stakeholders – most recently by sharing the emerging themes with stakeholders and the public in May. A summary of our current thinking is available here and we would welcome your thoughts, questions and input. As our plan continues to develop, we will be holding further public events and online discussions so that you can help us develop a plan that works for everyone.
More detailed information and Q&A is available here