Our healthier south east London
In December 2015, NHS organisations in 44 areas of England were asked to work together to produce a five-year plan (covering up to March 2021) to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View. These plans are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).
Our STP is called Our Healthier South East London. It has evolved from a commissioner-led strategy – established in 2013 - into a partnership between local commissioners and providers, working with local authorities, patients and the public.
The STP is not a blueprint for the next five years: it is a series of plans for different clinical and management areas that are at different stages of development.
The STP (full version and summary) was published on 4 November 2016 and was one of the first in the country to be made public.
Why change things?
The plan aims to address a number of challenges, including:
- a growing and aging population living with long term conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and mental illness
- quality of care and outcomes of treatment differs depending on when and where people access services
- patient experience differs and some people find it difficult to get an appointment or feel they do not have enough information about their condition
- NHS funding increases in line with inflation but the costs of providing care are rising much faster – which, at the moment, could mean an overspend for south east London of around £1bn by 2021 if we were to do nothing.
Our plan is designed to make sure services are high quality, more joined-up and available closer to home. We can also reduce costs and help manage demand by working together rather than each organisation doing this alone.
What does the plan mean for local people?
Find out more about how we are developing community services in Southwark