Viv Griffin, Director Disabilities and Mental
Health, gave an overview of the background and aims of the Black
Country Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). The Director
Disabilities explained that there has been a high level of
engagement in the development of the plan, however there is more
work to be done. The meetings with representatives of key partners
have been positive and productive.
A final submission is timetabled to be
completed in September 2016. The final version will provide details
about specific areas of work, deliverables, outcomes and
The Board agreed that the report should be
added to the Forward Plan for consideration.
The Director of Disabilities outlined the main
themes of the plan and explained that it was aimed at supporting
people to be independent and move away from placements in
institutional care settings. The amount spent on providing adult
social care is too high.
The Board commented on the changes to the
management and delivery of adult and social care as part of wider
devolution plans affecting the Greater Manchester region The
Greater Manchester Devolution and Locality Plans will give local
control over how public money is spent in the area to deliver
agreed improvements in health outcomes. The Board commented the
plans include looking at alternative models for delivering primary
care and a recognition that acute care is the most expensive care
Tracey Cotterill, Deputy CEO, Black Country
Partnership NHS Trust commented on the speed of progress and the
need for the Board to review progress.
The Chair commented that the Board will watch
the developments in Manchester with interest to see how it
The Board commented on the importance of
public engagement about the plans for transforming services to
provide reassurance, where the plans raise concerns. The Board
commented that the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) has
to be the vehicle for any joint work planning in the future. The
Board queried how the plan will fit with the bigger picture of
other health improvement initiatives. The Board were advised that
the SDP should be the ‘golden’ thread that links all
part of the work aimed at improving health outcomes.
The Board discussed the reference in the
report to reducing the number of acute mental health sites across
the Black Country from five to four. Jo
Cadman, Associate Director of Strategy, Black Country
Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, responded that there is a
discussion needed about what the appropriate level of provision
required to deliver improved quality and economies of scale across
the acute care sector.
The Board discussed the implications of the
£124 million local authority balance of challenge and to work
to reduce this gap in funding.
The Strategic Director, Community, outlined
the process by which the local authority and finance leads have
been engaged in the process to assess the scale of the financial
Jan Sensier, Chief Executive, Engaging
Communities, Healthwatch, Wolverhampton expressed concerns the
speed of the timescale detailed in the report will militate against
full public engagement. ...
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