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Our response to the local NHS STP

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:

  • We welcome the ambitious plans for creating parity between mental health and physical health provision across the region.
  • The overall aim of improving outcomes for patients through improved coordination and efficiency is positive.
  • We also welcome the potential for using data more effectively to help improve the patient journey.
  • We are concerned about the overall lack of engagement and transparency in the development of the STP. We absolutely must see greater and more effective levels of patient and public engagement in future service change and development.
  • There is real concern from parts of the local community about both the potential reduction in patient choice and the perceived creeping privatisation of the NHS.
  • There is concern about the lack of a back-up plan in the event that financial efficiencies are not realised in the timescales set by national Government.
  • The involvement of local authority social care in the development and delivery of the plan, and the wrap around nature of community based care is not explicit enough.

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.

Read or download our full response.

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).

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