Across England, plans to change the landscape of Health and Social Care have been drawn up by officials. These plans are called ‘Sustainability Transformation Plans’ (STPs). Locally, Derbyshire’s plan is called ‘Joined Up Care Derbyshire’.
Community representatives around the country are concerned that:
- Plans to change how care is delivered locally has been carried out behind closed doors without community input
- The complexities of the plans mask a reduction in NHS services
- Communities will be consulted after decisions are made
This document focuses on putting community-led solutions for Derby & Derbyshire at the heart of the Joined Up Care Derbyshire plan. The intention is to ensure local communities are at the forefront of the changes ahead.
This document has been co-written by community representatives across Derby & Derbyshire. In particular, local carers have driven the vision behind the document. We believe the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors (VCFS) best represent communities. (For an explanation about what is meant by the VCFS see page 6). We refer to the VCFS, and the importance of ensuring it’s fully engaged in developing the Joined Up Care Derbyshire plan, throughout this document.
We want this plan to merge with the original Joined Up Care Derbyshire plan and then for the merged document to be consulted on.
We’re aiming to achieve the following goals by setting out our vision for better care in Derby & Derbyshire. We want to:
- Ensure that Derbyshire & Derby’s communities are not ‘added in’ at a later stage and ‘consulted’ about ‘done deals’
- Explain the references in the original plan to local communities and the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors (VCFS) and expand on them
- Start a ‘mature dialogue’ between officials and community activists, including paid VCF representatives, where everyone has an equal say on how there can be real transformation of care within Derby & Derbyshire
- Provide every-day meaning to the aspirations within the original plan and set out how plans to transform care will change people’s lives
- Support statutory agencies, particularly commissioners, to understand the wealth of existing expertise within communities which can help shape a new future for us all
- Explain how genuine change can be brought about by a fresh approach where people’s needs are at the heart of everything - rather than a futile reliance on system-changes driven by officials
- Give examples of how ‘common sense’ community and self-care solutions, used in fresh, local and innovative ways, can lead to savings
Like the original Joined Up Care Derbyshire plan, this is an evolving document that will change as new developments take place and as new community voices emerge.
To read the Action Plan, click here .
If you live in Derby/Derbyshire and want to feed your voice into the plan, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.