NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans: Footprints for the future
In October 2014 the NHS “Five Year Forward View” envisioned a health service capable of meeting the challenges posed by an ageing population, regional discrepancies in public health and a growing funding crisis. A total of 44 geographical areas, known as “Footprints”, were tasked with making this ambitious vision a reality. These Footprints have now drafted Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) detailing year on year reforms to improve care, boost efficiency and strengthen finances in the NHS by 2021. STPs represent a radical departure in the way the NHS operates. Emphasis is now being placed on co-operation between health organisations, tailoring services to meet local need and identifying potential savings.
Come along for a unique opportunity to hear from top experts on drafting and delivering STPs, quiz speakers on what the plans will mean for the future of the NHS and network with other delegates with a shared interest in NHS reform.
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Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) represent a radical change in the way the NHS operates. The new strategies place a greater emphasis on localised health care, improving public health and encouraging greater cooperation across different sectors. With the NHS also looking to find £22 billion of savings by 2020, identifying efficiencies and cutting unnecessary costs are also major focus areas for STPs.
One of the stated aims of STPs is to break down the artificial barriers which separate the different elements of health and social care in England. The Five Year Forward View suggested integrating primary care and hospital trusts to bring general practice and acute services together for the first time in NHS history. This could not only boost efficiency but also improve the patient experience. Experts have argued that outcomes could also be improved by encouraging better communication between NHS staff and social workers as well as ending the separation of physical and mental health care. Stronger co-operation could identify where services are being duplicated and highlight opportunities to share facilities and pool resources.
A closer relationship between NHS trusts and local councils could also help bring about a much needed improvement in public health. The Five Year Forward View stresses the importance of prevention in order to ease the burden on the NHS caused by long term health problems linked to poor lifestyle choices. The NHS spends more than £15.5 billion per annum treating illness directly linked to alcohol and tobacco consumption. There are now more than 3,000 alcohol-related admissions to A&E every 24 hours while doctors and nursing staff currently treat 1,500 obese patients every day. STPs include proposals to devote more resources to campaigns to encourage the public to lead healthier lifestyles.
No two Footprint areas are the same in terms of local care needs and complex public health problems. For example, smoking rates during pregnancy range from 2% in west London to 28% in Blackpool. With growing discrepancies in life expectancies between the most affluent and deprived areas, it is clear that a “one size fits all” approach will no longer work in the modern NHS. STPs have the potential to shake up the way health and social care is delivered in England by giving different organisations the freedom to plan and provide services to suit the specific needs of their local populations.
But improving public health is just one way STPs can be used to put the NHS on a more sustainable footing. The challenges posed by an aging population mean that health providers must rethink the way resources are allocated. Five and a half million people in England provide full or part time care for friends or relatives who would otherwise be the responsibility of the NHS. By supporting this network of community carers, the NHS could save money in the long term. Sharing data, innovating new models of care and exploiting the latest technology could also ease the financial burden on NHS trusts.
- Benefit from the latest insights into how NHS staff and stakeholders can rise to the challenges and opportunities posed by STPs.
- Connect with high quality delegates from across the NHS, problem solve shared challenges, and learn from the expertise of others.
- Discover how new technologies and techniques can improve care, drive efficiency and ease the financial strain on NHS trusts.
- Quiz STP experts from a variety of fields including clinical care, nursing and NHS administration.
This events boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from across the healthcare sector. Each one has been handpicked based on their expertise and achievements, ensuring that delegates enjoy only the highest quality presentations. A wide number of topics will be covered on the day, and delegates can expect speakers to discuss all the major themes surrounding the introduction of STPs.
- How to adapt services to meet the needs of local populations.
- How stronger links between the NHS and local government can help shift the emphasis from treatment to prevention.
- How ending the separation of primary and acute trusts could provide a better patient experience.
- How STPs can help put the NHS on a more sustainable footing and contribute towards the target of finding £22 billion of savings by 2020/21.
- The role of the latest health technologies have to play in making STPs a success.
Registration and Coffee
Opening Remarks and Session from Chair
Hilary Garratt, Director of Nursing for NHS
Sustainability and Transformation Plans – priority setting for local areas.
Esther Ashman- Head of Strategic Planning- Wakefield CCG
WARL Citizen, Allen McKay, Managing Director
Personalised VIDEO communication – the art of the possible
Wilmington Healthcare, Sue Thomas, Chief Executive NHIS Commissioning Excellence
Dr Iracema Leroi , Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Psychiatry University of Manchester/Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health
Developing Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Dementia
Lunch & Networking
Considering the pros and cons of outsourcing recruitment
Establishing our Integrated Care Organisation in Oldham
Councillor Jim Clark-, Chairman Scrutiny of Health Committee, North Yorkshire County Council.
STPs The North Yorkshire Challenge. Delivery, Accountability, Governance and Scrutiny in a large rural/urban area.
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- The story so far – understanding what steps have already been taken to draft and implement STPs.
- The advantages and disadvantages of STPs and the current challenges being faced by those tasked with putting the plans into practice.
- Looking to the future and how STPs will shape the NHS in 2021.
- Understand how STPs can help create more localised NHS services.
- How STPs cab be aligned with Local Digital Roadmaps to deliver greater benefits. #
- What STPs mean for the future of nursing and how nursing staff can help make these ambitious plans a reality. #
- Understand how better collaboration across different sectors can improve patient care.
- Understand the varying care needs of different populations and how a more responsive NHS can adapt to meet local challenges.
- How to identify savings and reduce waste without compromising on quality of care.