STPs to create new five year plans

Full story in The HSJ, 16 October 2018

Health economies have been told to create five-year plans by autumn 2019, to set out how they will improve services and achieve financial sustainability.

In a letter to local leaders today, NHS England and NHS Improvement said “sustainability and transformation partnerships” and “integrated care systems” will be expected to develop and agree their plans during the first half of 2019-20.

The letter, from chief executives Simon Stevens and Ian Dalton, said: “This will give you and your teams sufficient time to consider the outputs of the NHS long term plan in late autumn and the spending review 2019 capital settlement (in the spring); and to engage with patients, the public and local stakeholders before finalising your strategic plans.