• STPs – why engagement and collaboration is key

    So a report published this week by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that Government has a lot to do to reassure the public that sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are delivering efficiencies and ‘not just a cover for cuts in services.’ This isn’t the first time engagement around STPs has been called into question, […]

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  • The harsh reality of health and social care

    The health and social care crisis continues. Huge gaps in funding, gaps in care and a system that isn’t working. I’m sure that people who know me would say I’m an optimist and always try to look for the positives in life. However, the harsh reality is that for too long we’ve been reluctant to […]

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  • Sorting the plans – how are Sustainability and Transformations Plans shaping up?

    Sustainability and Transformations Plans (STPs) are a hot topic at the moment – and rightly so. They have the potential to initiate major change across the NHS. As the mechanism to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View, particularly the required savings of £22bn, STPs represent the shift towards preventative spending which will stabilise the […]

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  • Are STPs heading the right direction?

    As I write this blog another local authority has commented on it’s published Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Hartlepool Council has apparently written to NHS England raising concerns about the lack of involvement from Health and Wellbeing Boards, echoing calls made by other local authorities last week. So is there something going wrong with STPs […]

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