Positive spin on Health Sustainability and Transformation Plans

Posted on: 22nd September 2016

Positive spin on Health Sustainability and Transformation Plans but huge pressure of Health Service debt and years of under funding mean any documents need very close scrutiny!


Is the aim to improve health outcomes or for the Government to put less money into health?

Press Release issued by Chief Executive of Cornwall Council is below:

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly publish summary of Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Leading health and care organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have today published a summary of the draft Strategic Outline Case of their Sustainability and Transformation Plan. This provides an outline of the challenges, priorities and approach required to transform local services over the next five years.

A link to the document is provided here:

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/shaping-the-future-of-health-and-social-care-services/ (includes draft strategic case)

The STP is required by NHS England to achieve three aims set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of the local population.
  • Improve the quality of local health and care services.
  • Deliver financial stability in the local health and care system.

It is still very early days in the development of the STP but health and care partners (NHS and local authorities) are taking the opportunity to work together to design a more integrated system with one plan and one budget that puts the individual citizen first, rather than organisations or buildings.

Phil Confue, Senior Responsible Officer for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly STP said:

“We have a once in a generation opportunity to transform local health and care services over the next five years through the NHS England required Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

“The current system is stretched and needs to be able to meet the needs of citizens and communities as well as to be financially sustainable. Our common aim is to focus more resources on prevention and keep people as healthy as possible for as long as possible and out of hospital care. We all want services that are high quality, co-ordinated and cost-effective and we will be working with the community on a range of options later in the year.”

If you would like to get involved in helping to shape the future of local health and care services and attend any forthcoming events please email: shapethefuture@cornwall.gov.uk