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Barnsley Plan and Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Have your say and help to shape the future of health and care across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw  

People living in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield are being asked for their views on the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

Why do we need this plan?

The plan starts by saying there have been some big improvements in health and social care over the last 15 years. For example, people with cancer and heart conditions are experiencing better care and living longer. 

However, people’s needs have changed, new treatments are emerging, the quality of care is variable and preventable illness is widespread. There will also be an estimated funding gap of £571 million across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw if services continue to work in the way they are doing now.

How was it developed?

Over the last 12 months, all health and care organisations across the region have worked together to develop a vision and a set of priorities to address these challenges and improve the health and wellbeing of the combined population. 

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw plan is made up of five local plans – ours is the Barnsley plan. Each local plan has been developed by local doctors, hospital chief executives, clinical commissioners, council officers and patient and voluntary sector groups. You can read a copy of our 'Barnsley Plan' here. 

What is in the plan?

The main ambition of the STP is to give everyone in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw a great start in life, with support to stay healthy and live longer. There are ten draft priorities to help achieve this:  

  1. Reduce inequalities for all, helping people to live well and stay well for longer
  2. Join up health and care services, so they respond better to people’s needs
  3. Spend more money on care in communities, focusing on local healthcare centres
  4. Treat and care for people’s mental and physical health
  5. Make hospital care the same for everyone, everywhere
  6. Make urgent and emergency care simpler so that it’s easier for people to get care
  7. Develop a workforce in the right place and with the right skills
  8. Use technology to support people to be well at home, manage their own care and for staff to be connected better
  9. Have health and care services that are funded long term
  10. Work with people, staff and communities to make all this happen

Tell us what you think of the the vision of health and care for our area

The conversation with the public will run until the end of March and with staff until mid-April. You can find out more about the ambitions, what local leaders say by visiting the Working Together website. 

You can let us know what you think by completing this short survey here 

In personHealthwatch Barnsley are holding two focus sessions on Tuesday 21st March between 11am - 1pm or 5pm - 7pm at The Core, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW.   To book your place please contact Gill Doy on 01226 320106 or via email at – please note that the closing date for bookings is Friday 10th March as places are limited. 

At a local community group  - Healthwatch Barnsley are visiting lots of local groups and networks to collect views. If you would like them to attend your group, before the end of March, call 01226 320106 email at

What happens to the feedback?

All of the feedback gathered will go to the STP Collaborative Partnership Board to be discussed before any future plans for services go forward.