Plans to split Warwickshire to focus healthcare revealed - The Rugby Observer

Plans to split Warwickshire to focus healthcare revealed

PLANS to split Warwickshire in a bid to focus healthcare services have been revealed.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) will shape the future of local healthcare in the region.

Service providers, from hospital trusts to GP practices, have been told they must save £267million over five years, and the newly-revealed plans are set to save around £207 million towards that target.

Prevention of illness is a major focus and to do this STP chiefs says they must split the population into groups of between 30,000 and 50,000 to target services to local healthcare needs.

The has led Warwickshire, with a population of just over 500,000, to be divided into 22 areas. Rugby borough will be divided into five groups – Bilton and town centre, Hillmorton, Newbold and Brownsover, rural north, and rural south.

Coventry, with a population of 317,000, could potentially have as many as ten groups.

The eventual aim is to create an as-yet-unspecified number of hubs built around the healthcare needs of each area.

But Warwickshire County Council says some of the hubs may be online information centres rather than actual locations.

A council spokeswoman said: “The rationale for identifying the geographies was to look at local areas and provide a common evidence base which supports health and well-being partners across Warwickshire to understand the health and well-being needs of communities at a local level.

“The hubs are being developed across Warwickshire, these hubs could be physical locations – such as in libraries – or virtual. These types of hubs will understand the health and wellbeing needs of the community.”

The region’s health chief refuted claims he would need to scale back services under the STP at a meeting in September.

Professor Andrew Hardy, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), said he wanted to spend money more efficiently to achieve the £267million savings, adding no decisions had been made about service reorganisations.


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