Voluntary Sector involvement in shaping Sustainability and Transformation Plans
'The current development of Sustainability and Transformation plans are focussed on accelerating the implementation of the DH 5 Year Forward View. For the voluntary and community sector health and social care is one of the biggest areas of work that they are engaged in. Engagement with key local health agencies and social care providers is a critical part of the work of many local voluntary and community organisations. Many play an important role in working with the most vulnerable in their community and those more 'harder to reach' groups. This new place based approach to delivering health and wellbeing prioritiesshould include collaboration with other services and sectors beyond the NHS if it is to focus on improvements in health and wellbeing, care and quality and finance and efficiency. However, with such a tight timetable and financial pressures facing NHS organisations, plus the NHS environment is not designed to support collaboration between organisations, it is difficult to see how the voluntary and community will heard and be able to develop relationships with those tasked with preparing the STPs in their locality. The STPs will build on the ‘six principles’ created to support the delivery of the Five Year Forward View.
Yet, the sector has alot to offer in terms of these 'six principles' - preventative approaches that reduce the risk of unwellness, managing one's own health and providing care that enhances statutory provision. This is particularly the case if you are in a Vanguard or Pioneer area. Yet the voluntary and community sector can find it difficult to be recognised for its contriibution to achieving social value and impact in the priorities in 5 Year Foward View.