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Can your Sustainability and Transformation Plan be a catalyst for sustainable improvements in patient outcomes?

By kate woolland, PA healthcare expert

NHS England planning guidance released in December 2015 set out a requirement for local areas to develop a shared five-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), articulating how organisations in these areas would work together over the next five years to close the finance, care and quality and health and well-being gaps.

Covering the whole of England, 44 ‘Strategic Planning Groups’ were formed, bringing together NHS, local authority and key stakeholder representatives to develop location-based plans which identify the big-ticket items that will deliver sustainable care and how these will be delivered.

Following submission of the plans to NHS England and NHS Improvement on 30 June 2016 and feedback meetings with Simon Stevens and Jim Mackey, we brought healthcare leaders together to share their experience and lessons learned, as well as discuss next steps. An interesting discussion emerged around three key themes:

  1. Effective system leadership with the right touch supporting governance will be vital
  2. The STP process can help provide the required focus on the big ticket changes that will deliver sustainability
  3. Enabling clinically-led, bottom-up innovation
Can your Sustainability and Transformation Plan be a catalyst for sustainable improvements in patient outcomes?

Can your STP be a catalyst for sustainable improvements in patient outcomes?

Summary of a round-table discussion of STP leaders, July 2016

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