Update to five-year health and social care plan published following public feedback
The organisations that commission and provide health and social care services across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County have today published an Update to their joint, five-year Plan for health and social care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
The draft Plan was published in November 2016. Since then, the Partnership has been seeking and listening to the views of local people, staff and stakeholders through meetings, events and written feedback.
A total of 395 people attended the four public events held in January and February this year. In addition, 80 representatives from the voluntary and community sector came together for an engagement event for those working in organisations that support local people alongside mainstream health and social care services. Written feedback from 69 respondents was also received via email and an online survey.
Views were sought on the five priority areas and the strategic direction of the draft Plan. General comments on the contents of the Plan were also captured through the various feedback opportunities.
The full breakdown and summary of the feedback received was published last month and today the STP publishes an Update to the initial Plan, reflecting the comments and suggestions of those who gave their views. There are specific sections on mental health and services for children and young people and carers as these were areas that people felt needed strengthening within the Plan.
David Pearson, STP lead for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said: "The partner organisations are delighted that people took the time to read the Plan and consider our ambitions for closer working across the health and care system.
"The honest and constructive feedback received from local people has helped us shape and develop our thinking and enabled us to place greater emphasis on the areas that people have told us are most important to them.
“We have taken on board the feedback on the priorities outlined in the Plan where people think we need to add more focus or detail and also considered the specific areas that people felt were missing from our Plan.
"With our financial challenge and the need for service improvement, we need to think carefully about how we organise ourselves to provide the right care in the right place to maximise value for the public money we spend on local services. The Update to our Plan published today details some of the differences that staff and members of the public will see over the coming 12 months as we move towards early implementation.
"Whilst much of our joint-working will be focused internally to begin with, patients, carers, service-users and the general public will start to see better integration of services, reduced duplication and more support available to help them manage their own health and wellbeing. These are crucial elements of our Plan and aim to help people to retain their independence for as long as possible into later life and enjoy more years spent in good health."
Local people will also see health and social care services increasingly working as one to improve care planning and patient and service user experiences of care. More services will move out of hospital and into community settings, closer to home, providing better access and value for public money.
Improving social care, services for carers and access to primary and community urgent care will relieve pressure on the hospital, helping people to navigate the system and get the right care, first time with the support and information they need.
Information sharing and new technology will underpin many of the changes to how health and care services are delivered, from more professionals being able to access records and care plans through to personal devices used to monitor long-term health conditions.
Specific engagement and formal consultation will be planned to inform decisions about any significant changes to services as the STP develops and implements its Plan over the next five years.