The health and care system in South Gloucestershire
This strategy has been written at a time of significant challenge and change in the health and care system in South Gloucestershire and across the country. There is a substantial funding gap for local health and care services. In order to improve population health and wellbeing and ensure the long-term sustainability of our health and care services, we need to do things differently.
In South Gloucestershire there are plans in place to design a health and care service which can deliver care for local people that is affordable and can be sustained for years to come. This includes working with partners in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) to develop and deliver a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) through the BNSSG Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The plan is based on five core principles:
- We will standardise and operate at scale
- We will develop system-wide pathways of care
- We will develop a new relationship with the population
- We will develop new relationships between organisations and staff
- We will build on our existing digital work as a driver and enabler of cultural change
Care will start with people in families and communities, with individuals encouraged and enabled to care for themselves. Services will be delivered locally by integrated teams focused on the needs of the individual; and access points to acute care and specialised services will be simplified. As health and care partners move towards closer working across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, the role of the West of England Combined Authority (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire) is developing to deliver economic growth and plans to improve housing, transport, employment and skills across our region. South Gloucestershire is working with neighbouring local authorities to develop a Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Local Transport Plan that sets out a prospectus for sustainable growth, helping the area meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years and benefitting all sections of our communities.
We will therefore be working more with partners across, Bristol, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire to improve population health and wellbeing as well as the delivery of health and care services. South Gloucestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board will continue to advocate for our local population’s health in this context, highlighting local priorities in this strategy and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.