Published on: 10 March 2020

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS) has unveiled plans to significantly invest and improve healthcare for local people – including aims to significantly reduce the number of preventable deaths and illness that are caused by smoking, obesity and mental illness.

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Five Year Plan outlines the key areas where £129 million of new indicative funding will be concentrated to address significant healthcare challenges and inequalities in the region.

Healthy life expectancy is lower in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw compared to the national average, and there are high levels of the common causes of disability and death including smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and hospital admissions due to alcohol. The Five Year Plan aims to address these issues by tackling the ‘burden of illness’ where it can be prevented from occurring in the first place.

Highlights from the Five Year Plan include new funding for more urgent treatment centres; improved community-based services to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions; investment in digital systems to enhance patient accessibility to online appointments and working more closely with community-based institutions like schools to teach children about good mental health.

You can view the plan here.