Certainly those behind the Essex Success Regime will be hoping it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But the journey even this far has not always been smooth.
The success regime is overseeing the campaign to save money on health services across South Essex, as set out in the Mid and South Essex STP.
Like all STPs, many aims of the partnership are laudable – joined up services closer to where people live and efforts aimed to keep people well and out of health services.
But the plans also talk about redesigning hospitals to meet the rising demand. While the promise is to make it so the best quality emergency and special care is available for everyone who needs it, you can understand why people get nervous when we talk about changes within their local hospital.
Proposals to merge hospital services at Basildon, Southend and Broomfield Hospitals have already changed after pressure from campaign groups. But it would be wrong to think that nothing will change. A lot of time and effort has been invested the plans, and will continue to be invested.
At the RCN, we have been closely following developments in the Success Regime and subsequent STP and will continue to do so.
We will continue, wherever possible, to be involved in the process to ensure that staff are kept fully informed and engaged with the changes ahead.
The STP has recently confirmed the appointment of Caroline Rassell as the lead accountable officer for the new joint CCG committee.
Caroline, already Accountable Officer for Mid Essex CCG, has recognised the opportunities and challenges presented in this role. She has also committed to working with local people and organisations involved in health services. The RCN values partnership working and will do whatever we can to monitor this.