We work closely with health and care organisations across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) as a sustainability and transformation partnership (STP).
This collaborative approach, which is referred to as the BSW Partnership, allows health and care organisations to plan around the needs of whole areas. This helps us to improve our local population’s health and wellbeing, improve service quality and deliver financial stability.
The NHS Long Term Plan and Long Term Plan for BSW
In January 2019, the NHS published its Long term Plan to make sure it is fit for the future. The plan aims to give everyone the best start in life, deliver world-class care for major health problems such as cancer and mental health, and will help people age well.
To address the challenges faced across BSW, the BSW Partnership developed A Long Term Plan for BSW. This plan is the local interpretation of the NHS Long Term Plan and sets out how health and care services across BSW will be organised between now and 2024.
The priorities in the Long Term Plan for BSW include feedback gained from an extensive public engagement campaign carried out last summer. The priorities set out to:
- Address the problems posed by an increasingly elderly population by helping people to age well, stay well at home and improve how community services can help them
- Help to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities and autism and their families by improving access to services
- Help to deliver the best mental health support for local people, regardless of personal circumstances, age or individual need
The full version of the plan can be downloaded here
By working together, we are in a better position to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambitions and better support local people to live their best life.
Integrated Care Systems
An integrated care system is an even closer collaboration with NHS organisations, in partnership with local councils and others, taking collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health of the population they serve.
By April 2021, the BSW Partnership and all other STPs across the country must be an integrated care system. Much like the work undertaken by the BSW Partnership, integrated care systems will look to deliver practical changes to improve peoples’ lives. With a range of organisations and frontline professionals working together more closely, patients are seeing services work in a more joined up way, are only having to tell their story once and are receiving care better tailored to their individual needs.