Our NHS is changing …
A series of large-scale consultations has begun on Devon’s NHS services. Here’s what you need to know about the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
Why are services changing?
Our society faces big challenges when it comes to people’s health and the services that support them.
More people are living longer with long-term health conditions, which means they need ongoing care. Lifestyle factors, like a poor diet and smoking, are contributing to growing number of health problems. And the growing demand for support services comes at a time when the cost of care is increasing.
But there are opportunities too. Advances in technologies and treatments mean there are opportunities for services to be improved and enable individuals to take greater control of their health, care and wellbeing.
Our infographic below shows some of the reasons why change is needed. Or you can read about the ‘Case for Change’ here.
These challenges are real. And although NHS staff work incredibly hard, they cannot maintain the current level of service whilst these pressures increase. If services stay as they are, our NHS will keep getting into more and more debt.
If we want to continue receiving high-quality care in future – we have to accept that our services need to change.
The NHS says that this is the answer …
Devon’s NHS and local authorities have come together to produce a plan which sets how they are going to respond to these challenges. The document is known as the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This is one 44 similar plans nationwide which have had to be submitted to NHS England.
Why do you need to know about this?
Local health services are changing, and it’s your right to be involved through public consultation.
When NHS managers are planning large-scale changes to services, they need to understand how patients and the public might be affected. We may all have different ideas about the services, but talking things through gives NHS managers a better chance of making good decisions.
NHS managers are already working their way through the list of priorities listed in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan. It is important that you have your say and get involved when there is the opportunity to do so.
We’ll keep you informed of the opportunities to get involved. Click on the links below for further information.