Outline plans to transform health and care across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) have been published.
Working together local NHS organisations, in partnership with the three local authorities, have developed a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which sets out a shared vision for the population’s healthcare for the next five years.
Central to these plans are ambitions for more accessible and better coordinated physical and mental health care services closer to home.
People shouldn’t always need to attend a hospital to see a consultant or other specialist, and these outline plans set out an approach to how we will work together to bring these skills into communities - enhancing teams in GP practices with new roles, such as practice-based pharmacists and physiotherapists, as well as health coaches, leaving our GPs to handle the most complex cases.
The plans respond to the challenges facing NHS and social care services across England and locally, to meet the rising demand for services from a growing and ageing population.
While the cost of care is increasing, more and more people are living longer with complex health conditions, such as dementia, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
There is also an increasing number of people with preventable conditions linked to smoking, excess drinking and poor diet.
As a result of the rising pressure, patients have to wait longer for emergency and planned NHS treatment, and it is becoming harder for services to recruit enough doctors, nurses and carers.
Already, local NHS organisations face a financial deficit and if demand for services continues to grow as expected an existing £72m gap is projected to grow to hundreds of millions of pounds in five years’ time.
"Our growing, ageing population means that people are living longer with complex conditions and our health and social care services simply cannot keep pace. We need to work together across organisational boundaries and think radically differently about how services are organised and operated."
"We want to move from a system rooted in hospital based care to one where we focus on preventable illness or injury. We also want to strengthen collaboration between our hospital services to reduce duplication and to ensure services are as effective and efficient as possible."
"The publication of these plans today sets out our initial thinking and marks the start of what I hope will be wide-ranging discussions with local people about health and health services. This will progress over the coming year to help to shape more detailed and specific proposals."
- BNSSG STP leader and Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Robert Woolley
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