Have a voice! ‘We need patients and the public to shape local health plans’, say NHS leaders

The NHS in England is publishing national advice for local health and social care leaders preparing what are known as local Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

Jo Lenaghan, Project Director for the NHS Five Year Forward View, said: 

“There is consensus that the NHS needs to change to better meet the needs of today’s patients and we know broadly how it needs to change with more care outside of hospital.

“The issue local health and social care leaders are now grappling with is how to make this real in their part of the country.

“There is a huge prize to be had that includes better joined-up care, services closer to home and improved outcomes for older people. But to achieve those benefits communities will have to confront choices about where to put modestly growing resources.

“Local health and social care leaders know they can only invest funding growth wisely if they understand people’s priorities. So, public engagement is not just a public duty but the prerequisite for a high-quality, viable plan for the future.

“To enable local conversations to work well,  local health and social care leaders are preparing workable proposals for their communities, built on a bedrock of partnership not fragmentation, the only way to succeed in today’s NHS…”

Visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/09/local-health-plans/ to find out more.

 

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