Shaping the future of health and social care services

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly publish outline of Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Health and care organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have published their proposals for service transformation over the next five years.

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Preventing ill health and more care at home are at the heart of health and social care plans for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The local Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is a response to the NHS England Five Year Forward View and Devolution Deal for Cornwall to achieve 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.

The Transformation Board which is made up of all the leaders from the major public sector health and care organisations is engaging with clinicians, practitioners, stakeholders and most importantly citizens to shape future services.

In the latest plans (Draft Outline Business Case), health and care leaders set out the priorities, principles and actions for the next five years and seek the views of the local population on the work so far.

The focus within the latest STP document is on preventing ill health and providing as much care as possible at home or in the community. At the moment care is too reactive, not achieving best outcomes and based on an expensive hospital based model that is now outdated.

From Monday, 28 November 2016 until Friday, 27 January 2017, citizens had a chance to have their say on the local plans through a survey or series of community events. Following this period of engagement, detailed plans will be developed with consultation on any major service changes taking place from the summer 2017.

You can read our engagement document - Taking Control, Shaping our Future to find out more information.  Alternatively you can download our Easy Read version.

If you would like information in another format please contact or phone 01726 627897.

Community events – January 2017

You were also able to give us your views in person by attending one of our community events in January 2017 where you had the opportunity to find out more about proposals and ask questions:

  • Monday, 9 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: Bude Parkhouse Centre
  • Tuesday, 10 January 7:00 - 8:30pm: St John’s Hall, Penzance
  • Thursday, 12 January 10:30 - 12noon: Wesleyan Chapel, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
  • Thursday, 12 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: Bodmin Shire House Suite
  • Thursday, 12 January 5.30 - 7.00pm: Saltash Council Chamber - drop-in session
  • Monday, 16 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
  • Monday, 16 January 7:00 - 8:30pm: St Austell Print Company Conference Centre
  • Tuesday, 17 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: Liskeard Public Rooms
  • Wednesday, 18 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: Truro Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre
  • Thursday, 19 January 7:00 - 8:30pm: Heartlands
  • Monday, 23 January 5.00 - 7.00pm: Hotel Bristol, Newquay - drop-in session

Community Network Panel meetings – December 2016 – January 2017

We also joined a number of Community Network Panel (CNP) meetings which were open to the public as another option for people to find out more about proposals and ask questions:

Phil Confue, Senior Responsible Officer for the Sustainability and Transformation Plan and Chief Executive of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says:

“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. Lifestyles, communities and technology have changed and our approach has become outdated, fragmented and reactive.

“Local services must adapt to meet the needs of the current and future population - including those who visit our region each year. We must put more focus and resources into preventing ill health, keeping people in their homes or communities and adapting services for a growing, ageing and technology enabled population.

“We want to continue to involve the local community in developing the solutions in the months ahead and we want to hear from as many people as possible on the priorities and approach we are taking. The time and opportunity has come to take control and shape our own future.”

The Full Draft Outline Business Case is also available to view and comment on.

Leading health and care organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have today published a Summary of the draft Strategic Outline Case of their Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This provides an outline of the challenges, priorities and approach required to transform local services over the next five years.

It is still very early days in the development of the STP but health and care partners (NHS and local authorities) are taking the opportunity to work together to design a more integrated system with one plan and one budget that puts the individual citizen first, rather than organisations or buildings.

Phil Confue, Senior Responsible Officer for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly STP said:

“We have a once in a generation opportunity to transform local health and care services over the next five years through the NHS England required Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

“The current system is stretched and needs to be able to meet the needs of citizens and communities as well as to be financially sustainable. Our common aim is to focus more resources on prevention and keep people as healthy as possible for as long as possible and out of hospital care. We all want services that are high quality, co-ordinated and cost-effective and we will be working with the community on a range of options later in the year.” 

If you would like to get involved in helping to shape the future of local health and care services and attend any forthcoming events please email:     

Earlier this year, we asked the public and staff from frontline health and care providers to help us shape the future of health and social care. A report was published in June 2016 to outline the highlighting the health and care priorities of the residents and health care providers of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Feedback was provided by the public and front line health and care providers between January and March 2016 through a public survey and a series of community and provider events held across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We heard from more than 3000 people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The information we gathered has provided rich insight into the challenges we face and those we should prioritise in order to have the greatest impact on improving the health and wellbeing of people living in Cornwall.

The findings of this report have been used to inform both the development of Cornwall’s NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan, due to be published later this year, and longer term health and care changes that will progress as part of Cornwall’s Devolution ambitions.