Sheena's blog - Introducing the CWP Forward View

28 September 2017

I’m sure you’ll all be aware of NHS’s England’s Five Year Forward View, which is its vision to deliver a better, more joined-up and more responsive health service.

Since its publication back in 2014, a lot has changed, both nationally and regionally. Across Cheshire and Merseyside, NHS organisations have come together to establish a Five Year Forward View implementation plan (formerly known as the Sustainability and Transformation Plan). This aims to ensure NHS England’s national objectives are achieved in a way that best meet the needs of our local population, and we are playing a key role in its development.

As a provider of mental health and community services to over a million people, it’s vital that we are at the forefront of this commitment to change. It’s the only way we can ensure that the voice of our staff, people accessing our services, their carers and families all remain key to the conversation.

At CWP we have an excellent culture for continuous improvement and learning from experience. A big part of this is understanding the bigger picture and not shying away from difficult questions.

To do this, we need to use the skills and expertise of our workforce in the best possible way, and work together with our partners to break down organisational barriers that could hold back improved experiences. We need to achieve better outcomes for everyone while also ensuring services are sustainable. And of course, we need to focus our organisational objectives through the lens of the current national and local landscape.

We are therefore establishing a new Trust strategy that aims to respond to the changing needs of people who use our services and ensure that CWP is fit for the future – we have called this the CWP Forward View.

Although the strategy is at an early stage of development, the main emerging feature includes a proposal to organise services under four ‘care groups’. These are:

  • Neighbourhood-based services
  • Specialist mental health servicesChildren and young people’s services
  • Transforming Care for people with a learning disability or neuro-development disorder 

This new structure– with our person centred framework at its core - will enable clinicians to develop new models of care for larger populations and link more effectively with other local services and resources outside of their immediate locality.

The work to explore this proposal is being clinically-led in partnership with people who access our services and communities.

We are some way short of making any specific proposals that will immediately impact staff roles or service delivery. However, I think it’s important that we can discuss our challenges and aspirations openly. I can reassure everyone involved at CWP (whether staff, user of services, carer or Trust member) that their voice is and will continue to be heard and valued.

As we progress with the development of our new strategy there will be ongoing opportunities for meaningful engagement, and of course appropriate public engagement/consultation will take place prior to making any substantial changes to the way people may receive services.

If you have any questions, feedback or ideas that you would like to contribute at this early stage, please give your feedback here.

Best wishes,


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