Hampshire & Isle of Wight STP - One year on...
Autumn 2016 saw the release of Hampshire and Isle of Wight's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). These plans have been developed by health and care organisations from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in response to the increasing challenges facing the local system.
The plans build on existing programmes of work taking place throughout the county and are changing the way that health and care is provided in many ways. We appreciate that people may be concerned, in particular because some changes may mean patients travelling further than they do today, though the aim is to make sure they receive the very best care possible for their conditions. The health service expects other changes to offer patients more choice about when and where to receive treatment, less travelling time to attend appointments and less time waiting for appointments, diagnostic tests and test results.
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is one of 44 areas across England that are developing detailed local STPs. Local Healthwatch organisations throughout the area (Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton) are clear about the need to engage and involve local people about the ambitions in the plan and any refinements that can be made.
For more information please see our breifing document below which will be updated as more information becomes available. Also below are links to the full STP plan and a summary produced by the STP team.
One key element of the STP is the transformation of health care in North and Mid Hampshire. Since March 2017, West Hampshire CCG, North Hampshire CCG and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been working on a joint programme to develop health care for the population of North and Mid Hampshire. This programme will ensure that the health and social care system can meet the many opportunities and challenges facing it around the need to empower people to stay well and to provide safe, high quality, consistent and affordable health and care to everyone. It has included looking at the centralisation of some acute services, particularly those services for patients who require the most complex care, and how more services could be provided locally within the community rather than in hospital. For more information about this work and to access documents detailing the public engagment to date please click here.
Now a year in to the process, the STP team have released a summary of activity which can also be found below.