Ambition for Health

Ambition for Health is a five-year programme to deliver joined-up and transformed health and social care services for local people, in a way that is effective and financially sustainable. The programme is a collaboration between eight local NHS and local authority organisations, and covers the Scarborough, Ryedale, Bridlington and Filey areas. You can read more about the latest Ambition for Health achievements in the November 2017 edition of Ambition for Health News.                                                

Why do we need Ambition for Health?

The NHS and social care are facing many challenges in our area. These challenges are why we need to do things differently:

why we need Ambition for Health

To expand upon these points - the number of people over 65 years of age is set to increase from 12,300 to 15,800 in Ryedale and from 25,500 to 31,300 in Scarborough.

The gap in life expectancy between our least and most deprived communities in North Yorkshire is around 12.5 years for men and 5.6 years for women; and in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, is around
6 years for men and 7 years for women.

Financially, there are pressures across our local health and social care system. Supplementary financial support from NHS England to York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust ends in 2017. Councils also need to make social care savings of at least £6 million locally by 2020.

Workforce issues are locally compounded by the seasonal nature of tourism-related employment as well as our rurality and geographic isolation.

Ambition for Health is our response to these challenges. We must seek new and alternative ways to provide services with reduced funding, yet be as effective in terms of health outcomes for local people. Health and social care will need to work closely together to avoid duplication and deliver joined-up care to local people.

What does Ambition for Health mean in practice?

Ambition for Health is a five-year programme which aims to transform three key aspects of health and social care, as detailed below.

Inspiring people to lead a healthy lifestyle. This means:

  • Prevention and self-care – with a particular emphasis on encouraging a smoke free generation
  • Improving emotional health, through better mental health services and helping people to live well with dementia
  • Listening to, and shifting power, to patients and the public, including through better information and advice

Care at home – joined up health and social care in our communities:

  • When people do need to be admitted to hospital, ensuring they return home as soon as they are fit and ready to do so
  • Provide more services in the community wherever possible, including better support for carers
  • Working together to align services, reduce duplication and ensure a positive experience of health and social care
  • Supporting people to have more choice about where they die

Delivering sustainable services for local people. This means:

  • Providing services of the expected quality and safety, within budget
  • Securing a sustainable future for Scarborough Hospital, in particular maintaining core services including emergency medicine, obstetrics (pregnancy and childbirth) and paediatrics (services for babies, children and young people)
  • Developing our workforce and recruiting and retaining the right people for the right roles

Our priorities in 2017-18

How to get involved

You can join our engagement networks to help us shape what local health and social care looks like in the future.

  • In Scarborough, Filey and Ryedale you can join engagement network The Loop.
  • In Bridlington you can join the Involve patient and public network.

To find out more about Ambition for Health, download our Vision document.

The Ambition for Health programme is how we are delivering the Humber, Coast & Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) on a more local level.