Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are a means of NHS organisations coming together with local authorities and other partners to agree the future direction of health and care services in 44 areas of England.
Our recent report showed that the draft plans submitted last October are wide-ranging, from prevention and community-based services through to acute and specialised services in hospitals.
In this live online event our panel discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the implementation of STPs and answered audience questions live on air.
Topics covered included:
public, local authority and other stakeholders engagement in the plans
is it realistic to plan reductions in the capacity of hospitals at this time?
where will the resources and staff be found to invest in services in the community?
the legal barriers that currently stand in the way of implementation.
The panel included Hugh Alderwick, who co-authored our recent report that examined the content of the 44 sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) that were submitted in October 2016.
Ben Dyson, Executive Director of Strategy, NHS Improvement was also on the panel. Ben joined NHS Improvement in June 2016. Before that, Ben was Director of the NHS Group at the Department of Health.
The final panelist was Professor David Oliver who is an NHS consultant in geriatrics and acute general medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. David was recently named in the HSJ top 100 clinical leaders and top 50 integrated care leaders lists.