The draft plan for the future of health and social care across our region has been published.
You can read more about the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) on the website of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who are leading the STP in our area.
“The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) will be delivered by local health and care organisations working together across the region to support changes needed to improve services for the 2.6 million people who live here.
“STP partners will continue to work with staff, stakeholders and the public to build the plan, ensuring the involvement of everyone in future conversations around the draft proposals.
“Pockets of deprivation and affluence across the area means where you live can determine your life chances. The draft STP aims to address this health and wellbeing gap with a focus on supporting people to live longer, healthier lives, and ensuring a good and equitable service for all, no matter where you live.
“The draft proposals also stress the importance of improving people’s health, through better coordination of services, whilst improving the quality of care received.
“An ageing population and people living longer with complex health and social care needs means demand is increasing faster than resources. The draft STP offers an initial view of how local and regional services can be improved, what this means for the health of people locally and how we will need to collaborate to balance the books.”
Healthwatch Kirklees are pleased that the STP has now been made public, so that local people can begin to understand what it involves and how it might impact on the services that matter to them.
Healthwatch organisations across West Yorkshire and Harrogate have been working together to provide insight from local people’s voices and experience to inform work streams of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). For example, we’ve shared public feedback on Urgent and Emergency Care services.
We think this should be the start of a conversation – with local people having a voice on the STP and being part of a process that will shape the future of health and social care.
Healthwatch will continue to champion the views and experiences of our local populations, and make sure the public are given the opportunity to understand and comment on any proposals.
You can share your views on the STP on the above link, or by talking to Healthwatch.