“To succeed over the coming five years we’re going to need a new partnership between the public, the government and the health service… it means concrete, comprehensive and sometimes controversial action on three broad fronts.. prevention.. care redesign.. and putting the NHS finances on a sustainable footing”

Simon Stevens, CEO, NHS England

About

NHS organisations in West Hertfordshire are working together with Hertfordshire County Council to consider the health and social care needs of the population now and for future years.

In 2016 we have been building on our vision for future models of care across West Hertfordshire. Teams of local clinicians and patients are now working together to create detailed plans for improving services in each locality – Dacorum, St Albans and Harpenden, Watford and Three Rivers and Hertsmere. We are also fast-tracking some changes to help deliver improvements now and in the future. More information on the changes to services in your local area is available here.

This work builds on important milestones that were reached in 2015, which saw us work with local people to develop the Case for Change and identify our Vision For The Future, which will see more services provided closer to people’s homes. It will also enable us to help people stay healthy, improve the quality of care we can provide, improve clinical results and ensure services are more sustainable for the future. You can read more about our plans here. More detail can be found in the full strategic outline case, which outlined the vision for the future of health and social care in West Hertfordshire.

Background

In October 2014 NHS England and other national bodies published the Five Year Forward View setting out the national picture and the challenges facing health and social care. The situation in West Hertfordshire reflects the national situation as local services are catering for a changing population with more complex health and care needs.

In 2013 NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Grouppublished a clinical strategyexplaining the need for changes to the way services are provided to patients and service users.Your Care, Your Future, launched in November 2014, builds on this strategy to explore how health and social care services can be provided more effectively in the future. We are undertaking a programme of work that will ensure local people receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place in years to come.

The organisations involved are: