What is the STP? A brief guide to Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria

We are working with our neighbouring local Healthwatch organisations in Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Cumbria, to ensure that local people’s views are heard when it comes to changing how care is delivered locally over the next five years.

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NHS, Council and Third Sector organisations are coming together in Lancashire and South Cumbria to redesign the health and care system to best meet the needs of residents.

NHS and local authorities are working across five areas to improve services, these are Morecambe Bay, Pennine Lancashire, West Lancashire, Central Lancashire and Fylde Coast. They provide a way in which all organisations and groups involved in health and care can join up to improve outcomes and care for local people, reduce pressures on services and make best use of financial resources.

Healthwatch Lancashire will continue to ensure that views of the public are listened to through representation on the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Change Programme Board and through links with these local programmes.

Healthwatch Lancashire staff and volunteers are taking part in workshops to make sure that views from the people of Lancashire contribute to the way services will be changing in the future.

What is the STP?

In 2015, NHS England worked with other national organisations to produce The Five Year Forward View, this is a national plan to improve health and care services. This plan says that services need to get better at preventing ill health, improve, overall quality, safety and become more efficient.

In January 2016, NHS England asked 44 regions, including Lancashire and South Cumbria, to bring together NHS organisations, local authorities, voluntary and community groups to produce a Sustainability and Transformation Plan to describe how services can get better at preventing ill health, improve overall quality, safety and become more efficient. Lancashire and South Cumbria felt they were ahead-of-the-game as many organisations were already discussing plans.

November 2016 saw a draft of a local Sustainability and Transformation Plan published, it’s purpose was to encourage further thinking about potential solutions to health and social care challenges and draw together five local plans. This can be downloaded by visiting http://www.lancashiresouthcumbria.org.uk/sustainability-and-transformation-plan

In March 2017, NHS England announced in the Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View document that moving forward Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships will have the role to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View and key national priorities.

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for the region. They have published a guide to help people understand the challenges faced in health and care and describes how organisations are working together to tackle these. You can download their ‘A Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria’ document and find more information about the partnership on their website at www.healthierlsc.co.uk

So in summary, the STP is often referred to as a plan and now NHS England are saying that it refers to a partnership.

Find your local Change Programme team:

Better Care Together, Morecambe Bay

Our Health Our Care, Central Lancashire

Your Care Our Priority, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre

Together: A Healthier Future, Pennine Lancashire 

With You, For You, West Lancashire