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Working with partners and communities to make best use of available resources in a climate of demographic and financial pressures, so that people have choice from a wide range of high quality support and services to achieve better outcomes.


NHS integration – Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.


In common with health and care organisations throughout England, we have been working with our partners across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) to develop a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

Our STP has evolved further from the Checkpoint submission made in June 2016. In developing our October 2016 submission, we have drawn upon the feedback received from NHS England and we are building on the advances we have made in our local infrastructure. These include our use of digital technology to support care, the redesigned estate at the Bristol Royal Infirmary campus, South Bristol and Southmead hospitals and the combination of general, specialist and tertiary services that we offer and help to make BNSSG an attractive place to work.

The focus of our STP remains on achieving the triple aims of improved population health, quality of care and cost control, by successful integration and removal of the boundaries between mental and physical health. See more at:


Benefits of the deal include:

  • £1 billion of investment to deliver infrastructure to boost economic growth in the region. Government will provide £30m a year over a 30 year period, with additional funding expected from other sources.
  • The new WECA will also gain full responsibility for the adult education budget from 2018/19, helping ensure that adult skills provision meets the needs of West of England businesses and learners.
  • There will be enhanced powers for WECA to speed up delivery of new housing in line with the Joint Spatial Plan and resist unsustainable developments that are not in line with jointly agreed planning policies.
  • The deal also enables the three West of England councils to participate in a Business Rates retention pilot, which allows them to retain 100% of business rates rather than the current 50%. 


Refresh the South Gloucestershire’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWBS) 


We are consulting on the refresh of the South Gloucestershire’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWBS) to cover the period from 2017 – 2021. The consultation sets out proposed key areas of focus and actions on which members of the Health and Wellbeing Board will work together to improve the health and wellbeing of people living and working in the area and to reduce health inequalities.

The focus of this new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is on partnership working. We have identified four key health and wellbeing issues where we feel we can make the greatest impact through collective action. Our approach acknowledges that health and health inequalities are largely determined by where we live, our lifestyle choices and wider social, economic and environmental factors and that a partnership approach across organisations and policy areas is required to improve population health. The draft strategy has been produced as a partnership between Health and Wellbeing Board member organisations in collaboration with the voluntary sector and local community groups. Our communities have asked for this Health and Wellbeing Strategy to be a concise document with a clear purpose and action going forward.