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STPs – Council urges residents to have their say

Waltham Forest Council is urging residents to share their views on a proposed North East London sustainability and transformation plan (NEL STP) for health and social care services at forthcoming engagement events.



Healthwatch Waltham Forest has organised two engagement sessions looking at the STP, which aims to cut costs and change the way health and social care services work together. The first takes place tomorrow (Saturday 25 February) from 1.30pm to 4pm at St Edmunds Centre, in South Chingford, and the second is on Tuesday 28 February, between 1.30pm and 4pm at Waltham Forest Resource Hub, in Leyton.



In addition, a meeting chaired by Healthwatch Waltham Forest has been arranged for Wednesday 15 March, at which STP representatives will be present. It takes place in the Council Chamber at Waltham Forest Town Hall, and members of the public are welcome to attend. Doors will open at 6pm, with the meeting due to run from 6.30pm until 9pm.



A report published last month, which set out the Council’s concerns about the current NEL STP, listed a need for meaningful engagement with residents, staff and partners as one of five issues that should be addressed by the Government if the STP is to be successful.



Cllr Ahsan Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, described the engagement events as a step in the right direction, but stressed more action needs to be taken before the Council could fully sign up to the NEL STP.



“I would urge residents to grab these opportunities to have their say over the STP for North East London – they have a crucial role to play in shaping efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of local people,” he said.



“We’re pleased to see that our calls for more meaningful engagement have been heard, but we believe there are still outstanding issues that need to be acknowledged, such as the need for a robust plan for resourcing the increased demand for social care services and investment in prevention and early intervention public health programmes.



“In addition, we feel the NEL STP must be clear on the pressing need for the redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital and there needs to be a credible plan to address the poor financial health of Barts Health.



“As a Council, we will continue to work together with health partners and our neighbouring boroughs to address the challenges faced by the health and care system in North East London. We are absolutely committed to this collaboration.”



To book a place at one of the engagement events or for more information, visit www.healthwatchwalthamforest.co.uk, email daniela.muenzel@healthwatchwalthamforest.co.uk or call 020 3078 9990.



Notes to editors



Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) were announced in the NHS planning guidance published in December 2015. NHS organisations in different parts of the country have been asked to work with partners and come together across a ‘footprint’ to develop place-based plans for the future of all health and care services in their area. STPs are five year plans, being produced by 44 areas across England. First drafts were submitted in June and submission of the next iteration was on 21 October 2016. Detailed delivery plans will be developed over the coming months.



An STP is intended to be a local blueprint for delivering the ambitions NHS bodies have for a transformed health service, as set out in a document called Five Year Forward View. This document marked a step change in the recognition of links between social care and the NHS as well as the importance of wider services in prevention. It has become the vehicle through which the NHS wants to address a number of national priorities, such as seven-day services, investment in prevention and improving cancer outcomes, as well as addressing three key ‘gaps’:


  • The health and wellbeing gap – the pressing need to reduce demand on the NHS by shifting the focus towards prevention and addressing health inequalities

  • The care and quality gap – to harness technology and innovation to reduce variations in the quality, safety and outcomes in care

  • The funding and efficiency gap – to ensure that additional funding for the NHS is used to improve.




The NEL STP covers eight local authority areas; Barking & Dagenham, City of London Corporation, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. It brings together 20 organisations; seven Clinical Commissioning Groups, eight local authorities, Barts Health NHS Trust, East London Foundation Trust, North East London Foundation Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust and Barking Havering and Redbridge University NHS Trust.



Engagement event details:



Chingford

When: Saturday 25th February 2017, 1.30pm to 4pm

Where: St Edmunds Centre, 216 Chingford Mount Road, South Chingford, E4 8JL



Leyton

When: Tuesday 28th February 2017, 1.30pm to 4pm

Where: Waltham Forest Resource Hub, 1 Russell Road, Leyton E10 7ES

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