Plans drawn up by Derbyshire’s health and care organisations are being revisited this summer, to take account of new national NHS priorities and local health needs. 

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, known as ‘STPs’, were originally devised in 2016 with the aim of aligning plans for the NHS and local authority adult and children’s care services to ensure better experience of care, better health and better value for money.  Identifying a number of priorities to meet the changing needs of local people, and challenges facing public services, the plans are to be reviewed to make sure they are still looking at the right areas of care, and to take account of the priorities listed in NHS Long Term Plan, which was published by NHS England in January 2019.

The health and care system has seen continued pressure on finances, staffing and demand on services, all things identified in the original plan as requiring attention, and for which well-publicised progress has been made.  

Dr Paul Wood, Chair of the Joined Up Care Derbyshire Board and a Derby-based GP, said:

“The evidence shows that through changing the way services operate, we have a significant opportunity to make better use of public money, whilst at the same time improving outcomes for local people. The health and care system needs to change and update and as the financial situation stabilises, attention of the health and care system can be re-focused on the service transformation opportunities that are available to us.” 

“But it is in the transformation itself that we will see an improvement in the quality of care and improvements in outcomes for local people, and these by themselves will see a reduction in the cost of reactive care which can be reinvested in prevention and condition management to help keep people healthy and change local services from a treatment service to a healthy service.”

Examples of where changes to the delivery of care will help to improve outcomes for local people include:

  • Supporting people who are elderly or who have a long term condition to manage their health more actively with support, to help to reduce avoidable admissions to hospital
  • Ensuring that patients who have surgery or other specialist needs are called to outpatients appointments only where these will be of benefit
  • Reducing the demand on services which deal with unplanned or urgent care needs, including accident and emergency departments and hospital beds
  • Making stronger links with the work of local councils on housing, air pollution and education to address other factors which have a detrimental effect of people’s health
  • Tackling the main causes of avoidable death across Derbyshire through prevention programmes targeted at cancer and obesity

Local people are being asked to get involved in helping to shape the plans through a series of sessions taking place across Derbyshire during June and July.  Open meetings of the groups tasked with refreshing plans for certain health conditions and community-based groups known as Place Alliances will provide the chance for people in Derbyshire to hear the emerging plans and have their say on how these can be improved.  Details of events and further information are available on our Get Involved page. 

Vikki Taylor, Derbyshire STP Director said:

“We’re really keen to improve the engagement in this planning phase to make sure that local people can both see what we are suggesting as the way forward and help to shape it further.  Everything we do is aimed at improving the health and care of local people, and it is only right that local people help to co-design the plan. The health and care system in Derbyshire has £3.8bn available to spend and making more efficient use of the total budget and at the same time improving care and support, and making services more efficient is crucial to a sustainable health and care system for the future.”