Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s (LLR) draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) – the draft document that outlines proposals for developing local health and social care services over the next five years, was published on 21 November 2016.
The population overall in our sub-region, like many parts of the country, is getting older, and as such people often have more long term illnesses that need managing. We also know that some services aren’t currently consistently delivering the quality and access of care that we would want for local people.
The draft Plan sets out how services can be changed for the better to improve care and the patient experience, while addressing the problem of demand for services continually outpacing the resources available. In order to deliver these aspirations it means the services we deliver, and where and how we offer them, will need to change.
Hospital beds in the big city (acute) hospitals in Leicester will reduce by 243 (12%) from 1,940 to 1,697. Community hospital beds (including stroke and rehab beds) will reduce by 38 (16%) from 233 to 195. Overall in total this means a move from 2,173 beds across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (acute and community) to 1,892 or a reduction of 281 beds (13%).
The draft STP for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland details how those challenges can be tackled in our region and contains the following proposals:
- We are already investing in local services including £45.5 million on a new state of the art emergency department at Leicester Royal Infirmary
- An increase in services delivered in the community by specialised clinical teams
- Encouraging more people to live healthily and avoid illness
- Helping to address an LLR projected NHS funding gap of £399 million, and local; caused by a number of factors including an increase in demand for services, and the costs of new treatments
- A movement of hospital beds from the big city hospitals to the community, in hospitals or at home, for those people whom it would benefit
- Plans for reconfiguration of Leicester City Hospitals from three to two acute sites
- The future options for maternity services in Leicester, Leicester and Rutland, including the current standalone midwife led unit in Melton Mowbray
- Reconfiguration of community hospitals and their beds and community-based services.
Changes within the plan will be subject to further engagement, building on that has already taken place as part of Better Care Together between now and January. Specific areas within the plan will then be subject to formal public consultation where appropriate during 2017. This means that final decisions on many of the proposals will not be taken until summer 2017.
You can view a summary of the draft Plan, including information on what it means for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland residents here.
The draft Plan can be viewed in full on the ‘Better Care Together’ website here.
East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a series of public information meetings to provide more information about the proposals in the draft Plan, before the public are formally invited to offer their feedback in a consultation, which will take place later this year.
The public have been invited to the following events in our patch.
- Monday 9 January 2017, 12pm-3pm at The Wycliffe Rooms, George Street, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 4ED
- Tuesday 24 January 2017, registration opens at 6pm at The Wycliffe Rooms, George Street, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 4ED
You can view the agenda for this event here.
You can view the presentation for this event here.
- Tuesday 24 January 2017, registration opens at 9:30am at Voluntary Action Rutland, Lands End Way, Oakham LE15 6RB
- Tuesday 26 January 2017, registration opens at 6pm at The Falcon Hotel, 7 High St East, Uppingham, Oakham LE15 9PY
You can view the agenda for this event here.
You view the presentation from this event here.
The STP has been published as a working draft. The public will have the opportunity to offer their feedback on the proposals in a formal consultation later this year.
People wishing to give immediate feedback on the proposals can do so at www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk or they can write to ‘Better Care Together’ with their feedback directly to LLR STP, Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP.
See more information on the events in Lutterworth here.
See more information on the events in Rutland here.
Click here to read the draft STP in full.