The SummaryNHS Five Year Forward View was published by NHS England in October 2014 identifying the increasing gap resulting from growing demand for NHS services in times of austerity.
The strategy highlights several areas for change to address this gap and make sure NHS services can continue to be safe, effective and sustainable after 2020/21.
The NHS Five Year Forward View noted a gap between where we are now and where we want to be in five years’ time, with three areas highlighted:
- The health and wellbeing of the population
- The quality of care that is provided
- NHS finance and efficiency of services
NHS England established 44 footprints which mirror the route patients take to access local care systems.
These footprints have been tasked with making the NHS Five Year Forward View a reality and to achieve long term sustainability for services in their areas. These Sustainability and Transformation Plans were set up to help health and social care organisations work together to close these gaps.
The boroughs covered by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust sit across two of these areas – Greater Manchester (Wigan, Oldham, Bolton) and Cheshire and Merseyside (Halton, St Helens and Warrington).
The Trust also has community dental services and specialist services in other parts of Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.
The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cheshire and Merseyside, sets out how the health and care system can remain fit for the future and respond successfully to the growing demands that are being placed on it, alongside ambitious ideas to improve the health of people living and working in the region.
The document sets out a shared core purpose to ensure that the people of Merseyside and Cheshire become healthier than they are now and can continue to have access to safe, good quality and sustainable services.
The plan represents the thoughts and ambitions of more than 30 different organisations serving a population of over 2.5 million people.
The next stage will refine the ideas further, through engagement with local communities, the NHS workforce and other stakeholders such as local councils and the voluntary sector.