We have joined the five other South East London Healthwatch Organisations (Bromley, Bexley, Lewisham, Southwark and Greenwich) in producing a joint response to the South East London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
The joint response has been drawn from direct engagement and conversations with local people, community groups and strategic partners (including OHSEL).
It identifies a number of positive elements of the STP, as well as potential concerns. These include:
The six Healthwatch organisations have also identified ways in which they can assist with the implementation of the plans, through access to local networks, supporting engagement and assisting with the evaluation of the plan.
Next steps is to work with our local partners and colleagues on ways in which Lambeth residents and organisations can continue to have their say on the Sustainability Transformation Plans.
Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are NHS five year plans detailing how local areas will work together to implement the Five Year Forward View and achieve financial balance by 2020. England has been divided into 44 STP ‘footprints’ made up of NHS providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), local authorities and other health and care services. These organisations will work together to create a plan based on local health needs. In South East London, this function is carried out by OHSEL (Our Healthier South East London), a non-statutory collaboration of the six local CCGs (Bexley, Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth and Greenwich).