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Here’s my take on the top five things you need to know. Blog Round two for STP plans: a fresh start or a dangerous distraction? A new round of planning for sustainability and transformation partnerships must allow for greater collaboration between key stakeholders to bring about real improvements in population health. Blog What should the NHS long-term plan say about STPs and ICSs? Is the integration of health and social care moving too fast for the current legal framework? Chris Ham identifies five steps to support the continuing transformation by aligning regulation, policy and practice. Blog The puzzle of STPs in London Why are London’s sustainability and transformation partnerships trailing behind those in other places? Chris Ham highlights some answers and recommendations in our new report. Blog New care models point to a better future for patients and staff Is rising demand for hospital services inevitable? Chris Ham celebrates the work of new care models that are successfully bending the demand curve. Blog A minority government: a chance for NHS leaders to seize the day? Matthew Kershaw looks at the risks and opportunities for the NHS presented by the government’s focus on Brexit. Blog How does the NHS work? A never-ending story Our new six-and-a half-minute animation explains how the NHS works. Katie Mantell looks at how and why we produced it. Blog The future of NHS commissioning: no map or clear destination Ruth Robertson asks how CCGs will be affected as accountable care organisations/systems and sustainability and transformation plans/partnerships are layered on top of an already complex NHS landscape? Blog Analysing STPs in London: service reconfiguration, finances and leadership Chris Ham outlines the main issues brought to light in our independent assessment of London’s sustainability and transformation plans, and what the Mayor of London can do to help with their successful delivery. Blog Tearing up the rulebook: legislation and new care models Ben Collins reflects on the reintroduction of top-down control of the NHS and system-wide planning, despite legislation that aimed to establish a very different type of health system. How far can this go before the wheels fall off? Blog Allocating social care funds: difficult decisions ahead The extra £2 billion for adult social care announced in the Spring Budget will be gratefully received, but local councils now face tough choices about where to allocate the money. Richard Humphries considers the context. Blog Sending shockwaves through the NHS? Ben Collins asks whether we are seeing the end of the purchaser-provider split as we know it. Blog STPs: a call for ‘extraordinary’ leadership Marcus Powell calls for investment in the extraordinary leadership needed to implement sustainability and transformation plans. Blog Housing and health: STPs, White Papers and beyond Has the role of housing been given adequate consideration in sustainability and transformation plans? David Buck argues the importance of delivering health and housing services and developing policy together. Blog What next for sustainability and transformation plans? Chris Ham argues that the challenge for STPs is to translate ambitious proposals into credible plans, with clarity about the most important priorities. Blog Doing justice to mental health in STPs Chris Naylor looks at whether mental health is being considered carefully enough in the development of sustainability and transformation plans. Blog What now for social care? Widespread dismay greeted the omission of any reference in the 2016 Autumn Statement to the perilous state of social care funding. Richard Humphries looks at the options available. Blog Involving patients and the public in developing STPs With recent discussion around the lack of patient and public involvement in the development of STPs so far, Mark Doughty considers how this can be addressed moving forward. Blog Will STPs deliver the changes we wish to see in our health and care services? Drawing on the findings of our report on sustainability and transformation plans, Nicola Walsh considers how local leaders and organisations will need to work together to ensure the plans lead to real improvements in care. Blog STPs: where are we now and what happens next? Ahead of the publication of our report on the process of developing sustainability and transformation plans in England, Hugh Alderwick evaluates the story so far. 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