Over the next few months, leaders from health and care organisations from Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) and Swindon will be working together to develop a ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ (STP) so that the aims of the  NHS Five Year Forward View – improved health and wellbeing, transformed quality of care delivery, and sustainable finances – can become reality.  The collaboration gives the opportunity to make big changes to the way we address the needs of local people at a time when quality, services and finances are all under immense pressure.

 

The BANES, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) plan is being led by James Scott, Chief Executive of Royal United Hospital in Bath, a position he has held since 2007.  James will oversee and coordinate a team drawn from the leaders of each of the health and social care organisations included in our STP ‘footprint’ area.   During this time, James will continue with his responsibilities as CEO of the RUH.

The BSW plan brings together our three hospitals (Royal United Hospital, Great Western Hospital and Salisbury Foundation Trust), the three Clinical Commissioning Groups;  BANES, Swindon and Wiltshire Councils, South West Ambulance Service and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust.  The providers of our community services – Wiltshire Health and Care, SEQOL and Sirona and the Wessex Local Medical Committee (representing GPs from across the BSW area) complete our organisational grouping.  Working together to cover a combined population size of approximately one million people, the BSW grouping will bid for and receive a transformation fund from 2017/18 onwards, which will be used to pay for health and social care services for people living in our area.

You can read more about Sustainability and Transformation Plans, how they will work across the country and what they mean for the NHS here:www.england.nhs.uk/2016/03/footprint-areas/

 Details of how you can hear more information through public meetings and other engagement opportunities will be posted on this website, so please keep checking for details.