A week or two back we wrote at some length here about the publication of Birmingham and Solihull’s ‘STP’ — its NHS ‘Sustainability & Transformation Plan’. These are the new plans that all 44 NHS ‘footprints’ (i.e. areas) in the UK have been required to formulate.
Our old friend Simon Lee, who many of you will remember, has kindly been in touch to offer a recent briefing paper written by himself and Jamie Foster (Hempsons Solicitors), and Craig Dearden-Phillips of Stepping Out, a social business consultancy.
What the paper seeks to do is explain the changes that are currently taking place in the health service — changes that have little of the public profile of the ‘Lansley Reforms’ but which, the paper’s authors claim, could be more far-reaching in terms of the NHS’s future operation.
I find the paper valuable because it reassembles the bits of the jigsaw and establishes the links between the NHS Five Year Forward View, the ‘New Care Models’ advocated in that document (these include the ‘Multi-Speciality Community Provider’ model [MCP], and the ‘Primary and Acute Care System’ model [PACS]; the fifty experimental ‘Vanguard’ sites established in 2014-15 to test these new care models; and the latest STP documents.
Every STP, the authors say, will contain one or both of these care models — MCP and PACS — and any social enterprise, public service mutual or community-based provider seeking to deliver services in this new landscape will need to understand the implications of these changes.
We’re always grateful to those who produce valuable free information resources like this for the sector.