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The Local plan including NHS Future Fit

Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP) including Future Fit

Our local health and social care services are facing some big challenges. People are living longer, our population is getting older and the type of care that people need is changing. Our health and social care services therefore need to change too.

Local leaders have been working together to develop plans that seek to ensure the future of our local NHS and social care services. The overarching Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) will show how local services need to change and become sustainable over the next five years – ultimately delivering the NHS Five Year Forward vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.

The STP priorities are:

1. Prevention at scale:

  • Supporting people to stay healthy
  • Supporting individual communities to become more resilient

2. To develop and implement a model for Neighbourhood working based upon:

  • Developing Neighbourhood Care Teams
  • The community bed review

3. To re-evaluate hospital services:

  • Acute reconfiguration. The Future Fit
  • Local Maternity System, set up in response to NHS England’s Better Births report.
  • Understand our secondary care expenditure.

4. To continue to develop our other services, inc.

  • Services for people with mental ill-health or a learning disability
  • Services for children
  • Cancer services

5. To make best use of our resources:

  • Financial sustainability.
  • Reducing duplication.

Read the full Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Plan here.

NHS Future Fit

The Future Fit programme is a part of the STP and is aimed specifically at redesigning local hospital services so that better quality care can be delivered in the future.

There are now proposals for future changes to some hospital services and a preferred option. But those responsible for implementing the changes stress that this is not a final decision and all proposals will be subject to a full public consultation.

It has been confirmed that the consultation will start Wednesday 30 May, running for 14 weeks, through the summer closing on at midnight on Tuesday 11 September. If you wish to read the draft consultation documents you can do so here. If you wish to meet with commisioners and service providers, ask questions and have your say you can do so at the public exhibition events.

Healthwatch Shropshire is independent of the NHS. We gather the views of local people and feed them back to those who provide and pay for NHS services. We are urging Shropshire residents to get involved in these discussions, find out what is being proposed and have their say.

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