The Plan for Health and Social Care
in Rutland (STP)
Update August 2018
Next Steps to better care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
The Better Care Together Partnership has published its ‘Next Steps to better care in Leicester Leicestershire and Rutland’ document. Whilst not intended to be an updated Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) blueprint, the document describes progress already made to deliver sustainable services, sets out the refreshed strategic direction which responds to feedback on the initial STP proposals, and summarises plans for priority areas such as cancer, mental health and general practice. Find out more here.
What are STPs?
Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) have been drawn up in every part of England to enable the delivery of a transformed NHS; delivering the “Five Year Forward View” vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency. The plans should cover all health and social care services in their areas, so as well as NHS bodies, councils are also key to their delivery.
The plan for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland was produced jointly by the three Clinical Commissioning Groups, UHL & LPT Trusts and the three County Councils of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR). During 2018 the STP in LLR has also been known as the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, and latterly as Better Care Together.
A different way of explaining STPs
Healthwatch Essex has created a video to provide a clear picture of what an STP is, and how the changes in them will impact people, by explaining it to a 10 year old.
STP for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
The draft STP for our area was published in November 2016. The draft plan (and a summary for the public) can be found here.
STPs for other counties
Patients from Rutland also travel to Peterborough, Cambridge, Lincolnshire and Northants and their STPs can be found below:
What’s happened so far?
All the STPs had to submit an initial plan in June 2016 to NHS England and NHS Improvement, the two national regulatory bodies. These were not made public at this stage. The draft plan for our area was published in November 2016. The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for our area is now in a process of engaging with the public on the development of the plan. Two events were held in Rutland in January 2017, where the CCG listened to the views, concerns and questions raised by the public. They have promised that they will publicise feedback from these events and we will share this information here. The CCG should now use the information gained from the public to develop the plan further.
While we are waiting for the feedback document from the CCG, people may find the notes below of use. These were taken by a member of the public at the 2 engagement events.
STPs and Healthwatch
Healthwatch Rutland has been promoting the need for early engagement with patients and the public, and the need to involve the public in developing solutions to address the challenges of our health and care system. We will continue to promote the need for the public to be fully informed, and can feed into the development of the plan in an effective way before the plan goes to formal consultation later this year.
What about public involvement?
Nationally, our view is that STPs have been slow to engage with the public, and that the initial timescales did not give time for proper public involvement. In Rutland, we have worked hard to address these concerns with the STP and are pleased with the progress we have made, although much more needs to be done.
We are also pleased that nationally there is now a recognition of the crucial role of the public voice in developing these plans, and recently NHS England has issued guidance on this which can be found here:
The role of Healthwatch in supporting public engagement is recognised in this document, and we see this as a key priority for us over the coming months.
Whilst we are not yet in a stage of formal consultation as plans are still being formulated, we see that now is the key time for people to get involved and influence those plans.
What doesn’t the STP cover?
The STP cannot cover the whole of the planning and delivery of health and care services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Some changes to the way services are delivered were already being planned and worked on, and these will continue. Healthwatch Rutland is working with the STP to understand what is happening in respect of the STP work, and what would have happened anyway, so that we can keep the public informed.
What happens next?
It is hoped that the STP team will continue to engage with the public in Rutland before formal consultation. The two events already held created useful discussion and we await the feedback from those events to be able to share with you. It is planned that later this year, the developed plan will go to formal consultation with the public. The date for this has not yet been decided, but we will inform you as soon as we know.
How do I have my say?
We will continue to ask for further public engagement events in Rutland and to gather public views which will be publicised here. Please attend these if you can. In addition, there is a mechanism for contacting the STP team through this link. When the formal consultation starts you will also have an opportunity to have your say, but we believe it is important for the public voice to be heard before this, during the current engagement phase.
To stay informed, sign up as a Healthwatch member here and receive updates by email on the STP and other information on local health and social care services.
Healthwatch sends response to draft LLR STP on behalf of Rutland people
You can read the full response, agreed at a meeting of the HWR Board in public on 10/3/17, below:
Update 10th May 2017
The East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (ELRCCG) have responded this week to the document above.
Unfortunately, due to the upcoming general election they have told us that:
“However, due to very clear guidance on communicating and providing or publishing information during the pre-election period, our ability to provide the information being requested is currently restricted. We shall therefore, provide an LLR-wide response after a new Government is announced.”
We look forward to getting the response when they are able.
In the interim, they have also sent a summary of the Rutland engagement events that they held in January 2017. It shows the information that they have noted from Rutland residents and can be found below: