In spring 2016, NHS England announced that it was dividing the country into 44 ‘footprints’ (locality areas) and that organisations within those footprints would work together to join up health and social care. The footprint for which West Sussex is included (East Surrey and Sussex) also includes part of Surrey, Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.
Each footprint has been asked to produce a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This outlines a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations and shows how local services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years.
The publication of the STP will give our residents the opportunity to comment on and become engaged with the changes to health and social care being proposed by the NHS for our county.
There are three delivery plans which make up the East Surrey and Sussex STP – two of which cover West Sussex. For more on these plans follow the links below.
- Coastal Care
- Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group
- Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group
We support the urgent need to promote joined-up health and social care within the county and to find ways to support the needs of a changing and ageing population, in addition to the health and well-being needs of all our communities.
The emphasis on prevention, early help and self-care that runs through the STP is something we value and which supports our own aims of helping people to lead independent lives. These plans represent a real opportunity for the whole community to become involved in helping themselves in order to prevent ill health.
We will continue to work with our NHS colleagues and other stakeholders to deliver joined-up services for our residents. We agree with the principles of the STP proposals, but are currently looking for greater clarity around the governance and delivery of the Central Sussex East Surrey Alliance (CSESA) plan to ensure this can be delivered effectively.