Involving patients and the public in developing STPs
In my local area over the past few weeks, I have heard quite a few people talking about the same thing – that is a recent article in the local paper stating that three major departments in our hospital are to be moved to the regional hospitals 50 to 60 miles away. As it turned out, the source of this story was proposals in our local sustainability and transformation plan (STP) which had been leaked to the press. This has caused a good deal of concern locally, with many people feeling fearful, confused and angry.
The experience of patients and public in my community is not unusual. Our recent report concludes that while STPs offer the best hope for delivering long-term improvement in health and social care, they have been beset by problems so far – including a lack of time to adequately include clinicians, frontline staff, patients and the public.