Professor Tahir Masud is President-Elect of the BGS and heads the Clinical Gerontology Research Unit at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) were announced as part of NHS England’s NHS planning guidance 2016/17 – 2020/21. These documents created a new funding environment for NHS providers that aims to achieve collaboration by bringing together commissioners and providers of health and care services to support delivery of the NHS Five Year Forward View. To receive funding providers have to demonstrate that they have worked with each other, commissioners, the public and local authorities to create plans that will address the three gaps identified in the Forward View: 1) health and wellbeing, 2) care and quality and 3) finance and efficiency. Over the past year 44 STPs have been produced across England, covering populations from 330,000 to 2.8 million. These have all now been published and are available to view here.
The BGS would like to hear of members’ experiences of involvement in their STPs. Our current understanding is that such involvement may have been quite variable. It would appear that some members have been involved in planning changes and may feel positive about provision of community services. However, others report possible decommissioning of services (e.g. beds or day hospitals) with little transparency and detail on what alternative arrangements are planned thereafter.
We invite BGS members to comment below on their experience of the STP developments so far, both positive and negative, so that the BGS can get a wider picture across England. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can email your comments to our Policy Manager, Caroline Cooke – email@example.com This will hopefully allow the society to come to a balanced view on the STP process and if concerns are identified we can lobby appropriately.