Health and social care is about to get a whole lot better for the 750,000 residents of North East Hampshire and Farnham, Surrey Heath, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest and Slough.
Thanks to a new plan that pulls together partners from local councils, the NHS and community partners, the care that people receive will soon be easier to access, closer to home and delivered in a more straightforward individually focused way.
The Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), published today (Thursday, 24 November), is one of 44 plans set up across the country to deliver a Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved efficiency whether its health or social care that’s needed. The plan sets out how this will be achieved locally and how local services will evolve and become more sustainable over the next five years.
This plan expands upon the work which is already underway locally to transform services for people by improving care and helping them to live longer, healthier lives. Local people will have access to high quality consistent care as close to home as possible, with specialist services centralised where necessary. There are no plans to close hospitals within this STP area.
Cllr Dale Birch, executive member for adult services, health and housing, said: “This is an exciting time for health and social care in Bracknell Forest. The plan builds on the ideas already being developed between the council, NHS organisations and other health and care partners. It will make a real difference to the health and social care local people receive. Local people will get the opportunity to shape the plan moving forward.”
Dr William Tong, chair for Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “I strongly support the STP plan. It builds on our existing work and the integration of services and this plan will take it to the next level.
“Health and social care organisations have come together to do the things that can only be achieved by working in partnership.
“Over the coming months, we intend to continue our engagement with our local population, through the significant number of existing arrangements for engagement such as HealthConnect, Patient Assembly, patient panel and the Community Partnership Forum. Additionally, we are planning some further public engagement events for the New Year.”
The plan focuses on four priorities:
- Supporting communities and social networks so that people have the skills, support and confidence to first of all stay fit and healthy and when not they can be independent and manage their own care.
- Focusing on the care and health workforce (doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, mental health experts and volunteers etc.) to ensure everyone delivering any part of the service is ready and skilled to meet the demands of our communities.
- Delivering consistent and integrated care, which means you will only have to give details once, for all aspects of a person’s life where they may need help to maintain good health and wellbeing.
- Using technology and creative interventions to help improve outcomes for people and increase the efficiency of our own services.
The Frimley Health and Social Care STP will over the next five years:
- Invest in frontline NHS and care services to improve (reduce) waiting times, treatment and home-based care for local people. GPs will have more time to see patients and the number of community nurses and pharmacists and other health professionals will increase.
- Secure extra funding so people can get a GP appointment from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. This means there will be lots more GP appointments across the borough. There will also be weekend appointments at new GP hubs and new integrated health and social care centres (hubs) across the community for specialist and family doctors, community nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and pharmacists.
- Invest in mental health services, particularly children and young people, so patients needing specialist care may not always need to travel out of the area and provide services seven days a week.
- Ensure patients can access their medical and social care records online, and use technology for those with diabetes, heart or breathing problems, to monitor their health and alert doctors to any problems.
The plans cover a period of five years (from 2016 to 2021) and have now been published on our website, please visit the Sustainability and Transformation Plan webpage.
These plans will only be delivered with the support of local residents so one of the early actions in the plan is to engage with local residents. Local people will be invited to get involved in early 2017 and help shape the health and care services in their community. Details of public engagement meetings and opportunities to have your say can be found on our Getting Involved webpage.
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The Sustainability and Transformation Plan planning footprint is the population of 750,000 people registered with GPs in five CCGs:
- NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG
- NHS Slough CCG
- NHS Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG
- NHS Bracknell and Ascot CCG
- NHS Surrey Heath CCG
Other stakeholders include:
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
A GP federation is a group of GP practices that decide to collaborate to provide improved access and quality whilst reducing variation in general practices’ services. In North East Hampshire and Farnham, Salus Medical Services Ltd is a federation made up of 23 GP surgeries.
Mental health providers
- Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Virgin Care
- Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
- South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
- South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
- Surrey County Council
- Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council
- Slough Borough Council
- Bracknell Forest Council
- Hampshire County Council
- Guildford Borough Council
- Rushmore Borough Council
- Waverley Borough Council
- Hart District Council
- Surrey Heath Borough Council
GP Out of Hours Services
- East Berkshire Primary Care
- North Hampshire Urgent Care