The £600m hole in Nottinghamshire’s health services

More than half a billion pounds of savings are expected to be made by Nottinghamshire’s health and social care over the next five years, as part of a “significant” plan that will change how services are provided locally.

Nottingham’s hospitals, local authorities, mental health services, commissioning groups, the ambulance service and other healthcare providers are working together to plug an estimated gap of around £600 million.

The estimated £600 million gap is the difference between what Nottinghamshire’s health and social care service are going to receive over the next five years and the money it is going to need to meet the demands of the population.

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) will be submitted to NHS England on Friday, outlining how local health and social care services in the county intend to save cash.

The savings are being made to reduce and avoid “significant financial challenges” over the next five years as Nottinghamshire’s healthcare services continue to manage multi-million deficits. Nottingham University Hospitals alone, which runs the QMC and City Hospital, plans to end the financial year £22m in the red.