1.The King’s Fund – Sustainability and transformation plans in the NHS: How are they being developed in practice?
Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been developed by NHS and local government leaders in 44 parts of England. The plans offer a chance for health and social care leaders to work together to improve care and manage limited resources. But will they succeed where other initiatives have failed?
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2. The Guardian – Patients and staff shut out of NHS transformation plans
NHS plans that could lead to hospital and A&E closures have been kept secret from the public and barely involved frontline staff, a thinktank has said. NHS England has told local health leaders not to reveal the plans to the public or the media until they are finalised and have been approved by their own officials first, according to published documents and a new analysis by the King’s Fund.
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3. GP Online – STPs ‘far from perfect’ but NHS has no plan B
Although the plans are ‘far from perfect’, they represent the only chance the NHS has to improve health and care services in the face of an ‘unpredecented slowdown in funding’, according to a King’s Fund report.
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4. The King’s Fund Blog – Will STPs deliver the changes we wish see in our health and care services?
Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are based on the notion that collective action is needed to address the significant pressures now facing health and care services in England. Thelogic of this is sound – but developing the plans has been far from easy, and implementing them will require leaders and organisations across a local STP footprint to work together in new ways. In our new report, Sustainability and transformation plans in the NHS, we make a number of recommendations as to how leaders and organisations might do this.
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