In the next five years, we have a once in a generation opportunity to change the way we provide health and social care services for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The current health and social care system needs reform and we must seize the moment. Preventing ill health and more care at home are at the heart of health and care plans for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
In November 2016, all the major public sector health and care organisations published an outline plan to improve services based on the NHS England Five Year Forward View and Devolution Deal for Cornwall. This programme of work is known as ‘Shaping Our Future’ and is the number one priority for everyone working in health and social care.
Shaping Our Future has three aims:
- Improve the health and wellbeing of the local population.
- Improve the quality of local health and care services.
- Deliver financial stability in the local health and care system.
Based on the views of local clinicians, practitioners and citizens we now want to define in more detail our options for each local area to improve health and care services. We will do this in partnership with local communities and consult further on any big changes.
People told us that preventing ill health, more joined up care in the community and better access to GPs and urgent care services in the evenings and at weekends are the top priorities. Further investment in mental health services, more alignment with children and young people's services and better use of information technology were other areas identified as needing improvement by local citizens. Savings were expected to made by reducing bureaucracy and management burden.
These areas will be our focus in developing detailed plans, taking action where there is support to do so and consulting further where there are big changes proposed.
What is an STP?
- Accountable Care System
The NHS, Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly are currently developing plans to bring together local health and care services through an Accountable Care System (ACS), not an Accountable Care Organisation (ACO).
- Accountable Care System Inquiry – day three round up
Councillors have heard from senior health officers about the preferred options for the integrated strategic commissioning of health and social care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the latest session of the Accountable Care System Inquiry.
- Accountable Care System inquiry day
Councillors yesterday learned more about the way in which an accountable care system could work in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as part of a series of inquiry sessions set up to look at proposals for integrating health and social care.