What impact will the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) have on the consultation proposals? Will they be changed by a Devon-wide approach?
Our proposals for reshaping community services predate the STP and therefore the latter will have no impact. The STP reflects what both we and NEW Devon CCG are currently doing and builds on that for the future.
One aspect of the STP does deal further with concerns raised in consultation – that not enough is being done to combat waste in the NHS. The STP provides a framework for the two CCGs to be working even more closely together to do things only once across Devon and to avoid duplication.
Should any potential service reconfiguration changes come out of the STP then they will have to go through a formal consultation process before they can be implemented.
What are the timescales for moving to the new services if they are approved?
We have made the commitment that the current services will continue to operate until the new ones are in place. In some cases – intermediate care for example – the Trust is already recruiting staff as we know this service is essential. Some changes will be able to be implemented fairly swiftly from April 2017 but others that might depend on building work to co-locate health and wellbeing teams with GP practices might take longer.
The full list of process questions is here.