Modernising health and care services is an important priority for the STP and as we await the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, we will continue to identify new ways of working which enables services to be better coordinated around the needs of local people.
The long-term plan will set out how services will change and improve over the next 10 years, focusing on a drive towards an integrated health and social care system. This includes a greater focus on prevention to ensure people stay healthy for as long as possible.
Whilst the details of the long-term plan are still being worked on, we know that at the core of the plan will be a number of priority areas, which are not dissimilar to some of the priorities that we have already been working on – such as cancer, mental health and primary care.
Improvements in each of our neighbourhoods will depend on your involvement, clinical expertise and guidance from our valued staff. After the publication of the long-term plan, the STP will work with patients, the public, staff and other stakeholders to help local organisations determine what the long-term plan means for their area, and how services need to adapt and improve in the short and medium term.
With the integration of services being a key feature of the plan, it is important that we continue to develop our partnership working, taking collective responsibility for improving the health and care of the population we serve and managing our resources.
I look forward to working with you throughout 2019 to ensure our partnership becomes the strongest it can be - making the most of our organisational strengths and continued collaboration.
December is likely to be a busy month for our partners as they continue to work on their winter plans. As the festive season approaches, I would like to thank all staff and partners for their continued hard work and dedication. On behalf of the Black Country and West Birmingham health and care system, season’s greetings to you and your families.
Dr Helen Hibbs
Senior Responsible Officer, Black Country and West Birmingham STP