The Humber Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) has been published today, 21 November 2016. The plan is the first stage in a programme of work undertaken by a partnership of 21 local authorities, NHS commissioners and providers and other community based organisations that started in April 2016.
Emma Latimer, Humber Coast and Vale STP Lead and Chief Officer NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“Our vision is for people in Humber Coast and Vale to start well, live well and age well. To do that, we must support everyone to manage their own care better, reduce dependence on hospitals and use our resources more efficiently so that we can all rely upon access to good, safe services into the future.
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.”
STPs are about making practical changes to the way health and social care services are delivered in the face of growing demand for services, a long-term shortage of the skilled people needed to provide them and, in spite of increased funding into the NHS, a projected financial gap for the Humber Coast and Vale system of £420m by 2021.
23% of the 1.4m people in Humber Coast and Vale lives in the most deprived areas of England and as a result the region has significant variations in health outcomes across its communities, leaving too many people at greater risk of developing long term conditions that seriously impair their lives and future prospects.
A drive for clinical excellence is at the heart of the proposals in the STP. Dr Dan Roper, Chair, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“The Humber Coast and Vale STP gives clinicians in primary and secondary care, Public Health and social care a great opportunity to work more closely together to tackle the existing and emerging problems of our patients and service users across the area.
Clinicians know that we need to adapt and develop health and social care provision as a whole community to face the challenges of a growing ageing and vulnerable population, the inequalities in health in our area and how to provide a wider range of care nearer to patients in their own homes.”
The plan represents a new way of working across the Humber Coast and Vale region that breaks down the barriers between organisations in health and social care, enabling a greater focus on delivering practical improvements that will make a difference to people.
Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, commented:
"We know that the challenges facing us today are very different from when the NHS was first established. Our financial position, difficulties in recruitment and an ageing population mean that we must look beyond our traditional organisational and geographical boundaries and find new ways of working together.
The proposals in our STP build on some of the work that has already taken place in our area, and I encourage local people to help us to shape these plans further over the coming months and years to help us achieve our aim of creating services that can be sustained for future generations."
Cllr Jane Hyldon-King, Cabinet member for health and well-being at North East Lincolnshire Council, said that while the area is right to be proud of its local health and social care services and the people who provide them, there is a realisation that more needs to be done to tackle the challenges the sector faces.
“These proposals aim to ensure we are all healthier, receive better care, and have services which run as efficiently as possible by 2021” she added.
I would encourage as many people and organisations as possible to take up the opportunity to influence the STP’s development and implementation so we can help develop robust plans to transform the way health and care is planned and delivered in our region.’’
Commenting on the need for further public engagement on the STP proposals, Linsay Cunningham, Delivery Manager at independent health consumer champion Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire said:
“Healthwatch recognises the financial challenges the NHS faces in the next five years and the pressure on the wider health and social care system.
We are committed to making sure that the voices of people, including patients and carers, in our communities are properly represented and listened to and we are pleased to see the publication today of the Humber Coast and Vale proposals. We encourage members of the public, patients and local community groups to get involved in shaping the plans as they progress.”
The STP covers a number of priorities, including mental health. David Smith, Chief Executive, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said:
“For too long, mental health has been seen as something that sits on the sidelines of healthcare, that doesn’t deserve the recognition and resources given to physical illnesses. I am pleased to see this is changing. With the ability to influence the very core of the strategy, a clear commitment from the top and specific priority areas that address the issues people tell us about every day I am hugely optimistic about how Humber Coast and Vale STP will improve the lives of people in our area.
It won’t happen overnight but we’ll be there every step of the way making sure they stay true to their plan, listen closely to the voices of people who use services and confront the problems that people face on an everyday basis.”
The Humber Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan can be downloaded from the NHS North Lincolnshire CCG website as well as the following websites:
and from those of our partner organisations.