Sustainability transformation plan and NHS five year forward view
Why do we need an STP?
There are growing pressures on the health and care system, nationally and locally. The proportion of older people is rising and there are more people living with complex conditions. This is contributing to an increased demand for services.
Overall across B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire the standard of health and care services is very good compared to other areas in England.
But some challenges remain. Our hospital Accident &Emergency (A&E) departments are under pressure, in some areas patients are waiting too long for GP appointments and there are gaps in quality with some parts of our region benefitting from better health and care services than others. Additionally there are increasing financial pressures. Across all our local health organisations there was a collective end of year deficit of £6million for 2015/16 and this will rise to £337million at the end of 2021 across our combined area if we do nothing.
So we are working on a collective plan to drive greater efficiency and improvements in quality across the health and care system. For services to be sustainable, we also need to get better at preventing disease, not just treating it, and encourage everyone to take responsibility to manage their own care.
View this short animation for an easy to follow explanation of the STP.