Four Local Healthwatch (Bucks, Oxfordshire, Reading and West Berkshire) are concerned about public involvement in the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
Together we wrote to David Smith, the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) STP Lead, on 29th November 2017. We expressed concerns that the STP Stakeholder Engagement Forum was “not functioning as expected” and asked for:
- the date of the next meeting of this Forum
- a copy of the Terms of Reference of the Forum
- an explanation of [their] intentions to effectively communicate with the Stakeholder Engagement Forum members
On 11th December 2017 we received a response from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on behalf of David Smith. The letter explained that following the original Stakeholder Engagement Forum on 19th January 2017:
a view was taken that there would be a continued focus on locally-led stakeholder management rather than STP-wide engagement… as it is not sensible or practical to run all communications and engagement out of a BOB ‘office’. This was reinforced with the creation of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West as first wave Accountable Care Systems
It is our intention to run the wider STP stakeholder forum as an event on an annual basis but it would seem sensible to await the arrival of the new STP Executive Lead, Fiona Wise, so that she can play a key role in setting its purpose and design.
In Buckinghamshire, these “locally-led” stakeholder events included the “Your Community, Your Care” events in Spring 2016. Further events are planned for 2018 and we strongly encourage the public to attend these events, to hear the plans first hand and ask their own questions.
You can read the full text of the letters below.