Local consultations for NHS Long Term Plan – Have your say.

How we got here

In January 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan set out key national ambitions for the next ten years of the NHS in England that make mental health a key priority. The accompanying ‘Mental Health Implementation Plan’ includes promising initiatives to improve support and treatment for people with eating disorders, and NHS England’s recently published commissioning guidance outlines what patients and carers should be able to expect from adult eating disorder services.

These are all big steps in the right direction, and five-year plans are now being created across regions in England to achieve the vision of the NHS Long Term Plan locally. We have a great opportunity to make sure eating disorders get the focus they deserve in your area.

The planning in your area will be done by a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) or Integrated Care System (ICS). They are groups made up of local organisations and the NHS, who are seeking the views of those in their communities to help them decide what to include in their plans and how best to use their resources over the coming years.

This is your chance to have your say and encourage local NHS leaders to prioritise eating disorders by sharing what you have learnt from your experiences and letting them know what you think can be improved locally. This can also be a chance to let them know about anything that worked well, so that they can keep doing this. Contacting your local leaders won’t take long, but the impact could be long lasting for those in your area who need help in the future.

Have my say

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) and Integrated Care Systems (ICS) are partnerships between NHS commissioners, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and the voluntary and community sector, designed to break down barriers between the organisations that pay for services and those that provide them, between primary and secondary care, between physical and mental health, and between health and social care.

They are designed to bring all these organisations and sectors together to share responsibility and leadership, with the aim of improving care for patients while also achieving financial sustainability.

You can find a list of STPs and ICSs on the NHS England website. You might not be covered by the STP/ICS you’d expect – for example, part of Nottinghamshire is covered by the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw STP, rather than Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS.