Major plans to set the direction of health and social care in Northern Ireland have been submitted to the Health Minister Edwin Poots.
‘Transforming Your Care’ (TYC): A Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, was published in December 2011 identifying 99 recommendations, which will underpin the shape of the future service model proposed for health and social care.
One of the key recommendations was the development of local Population Plans for each of the five Local Commissioning Group (LCGs) areas. The Population Plans identify the future needs for each area and, working closely with Health and Social Care Trusts and other service providers, describe how those needs can be met in a safe, effective and resilient way. These plans will also identify changes required ‘on the ground’ to implement Transforming Your Care over the next 3 to 5 years.
Alongside the Population Plans, the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has developed a Strategic Implementation Plan for the delivery of Transforming Your Care.
All of the plans have been submitted to the Minister for Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) by the Health and Social Care Board.
The Minister and his officials within the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety will be taking the summer for due process and consideration of the plans. During this time the there will also be an opportunity to further quality assure the plans.
Welcoming the Minister’s statement in the Assembly today, HSCB Chief Executive John Compton said:
“A vast amount of work right across the Health and Social Care system and beyond has gone into drafting the Strategic Implementation Plan and Population Plans and I want to pay tribute to everyone involved.
“The plans are an important milestone in the overall Transforming Your Care process which I have every confidence offers an unparalleled opportunity to provide safe, sustainable and accessible care well into the future.”
Mr Compton explained the next steps in the process:
“It is quite right that for documents of this importance, time is taken to work through the draft proposals.
“At this point no decisions have been made and we are firmly committed to ensuring that everyone is kept fully informed. LCGs and Trusts have been holding meetings and workshops with HSC staff, as well as with a number of political representatives, councils, independent sector, community and voluntary groups and members of the general public. This is just the start and will continue over the summer and beyond. A period of formal consultation will commence in September, which will provide everyone with an opportunity to get involved.
“In the spirit of openness and transparency the Minister is sharing the draft Population Plans and the overarching Strategic Implementation Plan with the public. It is important to note that these plans may be subject to change during the period of consideration over the summer but we are keen to share them to encourage understanding and debate in support of meaningful and informed consultation later in the year.”
The Population Plans and the overarching Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) are now available to view in advance of formal consultation on the SIP on www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/tyc.