What are the Priorities for Health & Social Care in Cornwall? 5 Year 'Service Transformation Plan'


Health and Care organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have today published their outline proposals for service transformation over the next five years.



The local document is called “Taking Control, Shaping Our Future”and makes the case for wide ranging system change.

It has been produced as a response to the NHS England Five Year Forward View and Devolution Deal for Cornwall. It sets out to achieve three main aims:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of the local population.
  • Improve the quality of local health and care services.
  • Deliver financial stability in the local health and care system.

The Transformation Board which is made up of all the leaders from the major public sector health and care organisations is engaging with clinicians, practitioners, stakeholders and most importantly citizens to shape future services.

In the latest plans (Draft Outline Business Case), health and care leaders set out the priorities, principles and actions for the next five years and seek the views of the local population on the work so far.

In the next five years, we have a once in a generation opportunity to change the way we provide health and social care services for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

From Monday 28 November until Friday 20 January, citizens will have a chance to have their say on the local draft plans through a survey or series of community events. Following this period of engagement, detailed plans will be developed with consultation on any major service changes taking place from the summer 2017.

The focus within the latest STP document is on preventing ill health and providing as much care as possible at home or in the community. At the moment care is too reactive, not achieving best outcomes and based on an expensive hospital based model that is now outdated.

On preventing ill health, we know that today 5 lifestyle behaviours – alcohol, smoking, physical inactivity, diet and social isolation – contribute to 5 diseases which cause 75% of premature death and disability. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly too many of us are not living well and 20% of NHS costs are associated with these harmful lifestyle behaviours.

We also know that we need to provide more care at home. Right now around 60 people each day are staying in a bed at Royal Cornwall Hospitals and they don’t need to be there. 35% of community hospital bed days are being used by people who are fit to leave. A third of people in a community hospital or nursing/residential care are not in an appropriate place. Much of this is because we have our resources and money in the wrong place and sadly this is affecting older people the most.

Phil Confue, Senior Responsible Officer for the Sustainability and Transformation Plan and Chief Executive of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says:

“In the next five years, we have a once in a generation opportunity to change the way we provide health and social care services for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“The current health and social care system needs reform and we must seize the moment. Lifestyles, communities and technology have changed and our approach has become outdated, fragmented and reactive. Local services must adapt to meet the needs of the current and future population – including those who visit our region each year. We must put more focus and resources into preventing ill health, keeping people in their homes or communities and adapting services for a growing, ageing and technology enabled population.

“We want to continue to involve the local community in developing the solutions in the months ahead and we want to hear from as many people as possible on the priorities and approach we are taking. The time and opportunity has come to take control and shape our own future.”

Find the full “Taking Control Shaping Our Future Document” here : http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/22983857/taking-control-shaping-our-future.pdf

Do the survey here :https://www.netigate.se/a/s.aspx?s=353286X74497942X74284

Community events – January 2017

You can also give us your views in person by attending one of our community events in January 2017 where you will have the opportunity to find out more about proposals and ask questions:

  • Monday, 9 January 3:00 – 4:30pm: Bude Parkhouse Centre
  • Tuesday, 10 January 7:00 – 8:30pm: St John’s Hall, Penzance
  • Thursday, 12 January 10:30 – 12noon: Wesleyan Chapel, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
  • Thursday, 12 January 3:00 – 4:30pm: Bodmin Shire House Suite
  • Monday, 16 January 3:00 – 4:30pm: National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
  • Monday, 16 January 7:00 – 8:30pm: St Austell Print Company Conference Centre
  • Tuesda,y 17 January 3:00 – 4:30pm: Liskeard Public Rooms
  • Wednesday, 18 January 3:00 – 4:30pm: Truro Health and Wellbeing Centre
  • Thursday, 19 January 7:00 – 8:30pm: Heartlands

Please register in advance to guarantee a place at the event and ensure we can accommodate everyone who is interested. For more information and to register to attend please contact KCCG.Engagement@nhs.net or phone 01726 627897.

If you are a member of a community group or organisation and would like a representative from the Sustainability and Transformation Team to join one of your meetings to provide a briefing and hear your views please contact us using the details above.

Community Network Panel meetings – December 2016 – January 2017

We will also be joining a number of Community Network Panel (CNP) meetings which are open to the public to attend as another option for people to find out more about proposals and ask questions: