Lincolnshire launch new 5 year Plan to transform health and care – December 2016

Lincolnshire launch new 5 year Plan to transform health and care

A new Plan published today sets out how more care will be provided in future closer to home by joined up teams of health and care professionals.

The Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) gives a commitment to improving the quality of services in Lincolnshire, boosting the health and wellbeing of residents and bringing the healthcare system back into financial balance by 2021. Led by local clinicians, the STP has been developed by all local NHS organisations with input from local government officers and through discussion with patients and staff.

The plan Lincolnshire Health and Care (LHAC) Case for Change report (published June 2016) and the main reasons why changes are needed in the local health and care system. It proposes how services will be improved over the next five years to become clinically and financially sustainable. The details published today explain how the way healthcare is deliveredin the county will need to change to meet the rise in demand for services from a rapidly ageing population, many with long term conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Lincolnshire’s healthcare system will be overspent by £182m by 2021 if there are no changes to the way in which services are delivered. The Plan sets out how Lincolnshire will achieve £130m of savings by 2021. These savings, coupled with an additional £52m in national transformation funding, will bring the NHS in Lincolnshire back into balance within the five year timeframe.

The Plan is the result of 12 months of work by health and care organisations, building on a further 2 years of conversation through the Lincolnshire Health and Care Programme about the future of services in Lincolnshire. This is the first time that one Plan has been published which sets the direction for the whole county with clear goals for how care will be improved.

Lincolnshire is one of the last areas to publish its 5 year plan. The release of the plan was delayed due to campaigning for the Sleaford parliamentary by-election.

The Plan includes a commitment to hold a public consultation in 2017 to get the views of residents on proposals for changes to urgent and emergency care, and maternity and children’s services. Many of these services struggle to meet safety standards due to the shortage of key staff and proposals are likely to include plans to centralise some services and move some other services much closer to home.

Commenting on the Plan, Allan Kitt, Chief Officer of South West Lincolnshire CCG and lead for the STP, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for Lincolnshire which we believe will transform our patients’ experience of care in the county. The big shift will be in providing fully integrated health and care services in the community that support people much earlier on, before they reach crisis point and need to go to hospital.

There is genuine agreement amongst health and care organisations about how we should be moving forward, providing much more proactive personalised care to keep people well and healthy. For the first time we have a single plan to help us do this and we’re already making progress in a number of areas. The people of Lincolnshire deserve good quality care; we have a great opportunity now to overhaul the way our outdated services operate and provide care that is seamless and effective, where every pound spent delivers real benefit to our patients.”

Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Health and Care Services, commented: “It has not been an easy process and we’ve had to take some difficult decisions about how to prioritise spending in order to maximise the benefit to our whole population. We’ve looked at national best practice and we’ve listened to the views of our residents to come up with a high level Plan. Now we want to continue that discussion and engagement as we move forward with delivering it. We are committed to being as inclusive and open as possible. We will listen to all contributions and use these contributions to influence the decisions we make”.