As more and more people choose to live and work in north east London, the demand on health and social care services is at an all-time high. Our doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health and care professionals are looking after record numbers of people every day.
Despite the pressures, local hospitals are continuing to treat A&E patients as fast and effectively as any major western country. Our GP, mental health and community services are among the very best in the country, and local councils are providing vital care to the most vulnerable.
It’s thanks to the dedication and hard work of the professionals involved, and the support of many thousands of voluntary carers, community and charity organisations across the area, we are getting the care we need.
But change must be allowed to happen, and things improved, if we are to protect the health and care services we value so much, not just for now but for future generations.
The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) sets out how these services will transform and become sustainable over the next five years, building and strengthening local relationships and ultimately delivering the vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Forty four such plans have been developed throughout England. They are geographically set around ‘footprints’ that have been locally defined, based on natural communities, existing working relationships, patient flows and taking into account the scale needed to deliver the services, transformation and public health programmes required.
Twenty organisations across eight local authorities have worked together to develop an STP for north east London. They are:
CCGs: Barking & Dagenham; City & Hackney; Havering; Newham; Redbridge; Tower Hamlets; Waltham Forest
‘Provider’ Trusts: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Barts Health NHS Trust; The Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; East London NHS Foundation Trust; North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Barking & Dagenham; City of London Corporation; Hackney; Havering; Newham; Redbridge; Tower Hamlets; Waltham Forest
Originally drawn up in June 2016, and then redrafted following engagement with key stakeholders, the STP was submitted to NHS England and NHS Improvement on 21 October 2016.
The STP describes how the organisations involved will:
- Meet the health and wellbeing needs of its population
- Improve and maintain the consistency and quality of care for our population
- Close the ‘financial gap’.
The plan is currently only a ‘draft’. It will continue to evolve as the organisations concerned develop it further, agree shared solutions, and as we receive feedback from stakeholders.
East London Health & Care Partnership
In the meantime, to increase public involvement in improving and maintaining health and care services, the NEL STP is being renamed the East London Health & Care Partnership.
More information about the Partnership and its plans, presented in a simple and easier-to-understand form, will be published on a new website to be launched in late May/early June.
There will also be a series of public engagement events across east London later this year at which we will tell local residents how they can get involved in the development of future plans and services. Further details about these events, along with other news about the Partnership, will be announced through the new website, local press and via our Twitter site @eastlondonhcp from May.
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