Service Reconfiguration

Winter pressure is now ‘year-round crisis’

27.09.17: The chief executive of the NHS Confederation has called the winter crisis an “all year round crisis” in response to Labour’s call for a £500m cash injection to stop the health service from buckling under the looming winte...

Vanguards offer key lessons for harnessing tech in new care models

26.09.17: NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association have issued a report exploring the ways in which five vanguards are using innovative technology to transform how care is delivered. The report...

Planned STP bed cuts in London ‘not credible’ even with extra cash

12.09.17: Proposals to cut the number of beds and reduce the use of hospitals outlined by London’s sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) are not credible even if extra investment is made in community services, the boss of a leading t...

STP progress ‘threatened by poor track record’ of private partner

04.09.17: Patient representatives and the BMA have voiced concerns over what they believe are “short-term commissioning decisions” after the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) decided...

Mackey urges ‘hard focus’ on winter plans as trusts face financial struggle

04.09.17: Provider performance figures from the period between April and June this year have painted a picture of tough financial targets, growing regulatory action and extremely high levels of bed occupancy, paired with continued difficulty in dischargin...

We must ensure every STP succeeds

30.08.17: Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, considers what else must be done to ensure all sustainability and transformation plans across the country are supported and up to scratch. The NHS cannot continue to provide current l...

Transforming health and care: the Dorset story

08.08.17: Phil Richardson, Dorset STP lead director, explains why primary and community care are at the heart of the area’s transformation efforts. As one of the recently announced accountable care systems, Dorset STP is fortunate to have a wor...

A community service

04.08.17: Louise Watson, NHS England director of the New Care Models programme, discusses the emerging success stories from the vanguard areas across the country. Primary and community care play a vital role in a robust and effective health service...

Turbo-boosting STPs? It’s time we got serious about ‘partnership’

27.07.17: Merron Simpson, chief executive New NHS Alliance, argues we’re missing the point of what ‘partnership working’ truly means if we refuse to recruit help from those outside the health service. Jeremy Hunt and Simon Steven&rs...

Making community pharmacy integral to STP solutions

21.07.17: James Roach discusses his work with the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) to develop a new community pharmacy service offering for sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) areas. Pharmacies are a local lifeline and are vital to...

Designing services properly

19.07.17: Terry Young, professor of healthcare systems at Brunel University London and a founder of the Cumberland Initiative, argues that we should drop service improvement and just design services properly. With a new government, the political disc...

Minister vows for ‘more emphasis’ on sluggish STPs, but demands better buy-in

30.06.17: Health minister Philip Dunne has suggested that the government will be putting “more emphasis” on ensuring the sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) that are not as well developed as others can move along at a clearer pace &...

Trusts need £350m by July to dodge even more severe winter pressures

27.06.17: An urgent injection of £350m must be committed by the end of July to prepare the sector for the coming winter as nearly half of trusts believe the extra £1bn social care cash committed in the spring will have no impact on their abili...

Making the most of NHS estate

27.06.17: Clive Shore, acting executive director (partnering) of Community Health Partnerships (CHP), explains how the organisation’s expert facilitation can transform estate for local health economies, without laying a single brick.  Last...

Prime for transformation?

20.06.17: The sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) programme should harness and drive digital innovation as a positive force to help overcome barriers to the integration of health and social care and improve standards of delivery, writes...

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This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated th... read more >

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