National Voices responds to analysis of local health and care plans in England

Fri, 26 August 2016

National Voices responds to analysis of health and care Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and calls for greater engagement with local communities.

There has been significant media coverage of the analysis of health and care Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) published by 38 Degrees.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans are the five year plans being developed across England which will set out how the quality of services will improve, funding challenges will be addressed, and the health and wellbeing of local people will be improved.

Commenting on the analysis, Andrew McCracken, Head of Communications at National Voices, said:

Health and care services need to change, but those changes must be made with local communities, not behind closed doors.

The current system is struggling to meet people’s needs. Changes to services should not simply be about finances, they must be about developing services that are safe, effective and support people to live well.

Properly embraced from the start, the insight, experience and expertise of citizens can make services better tailored, more sustainable, and ensure that service changes command legitimacy.

National Voices’ chief executive Jeremy Taylor chairs the  People and Communities Board which has developed Six principles for engaging people and communities. Those principles were included in guidance given to leaders of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, and require that services are created in partnership with citizens and communities.

In February 2016 National Voices issued a briefing on the guidance given to local leaders in charge of Sustainability and Transformation Plans. That guidance mandated that areas must show how they will engage people and communities.

For more information, you can contact Andrew McCracken on 020 3176 0737 or andrew.mccracken@nationalvoices.org.uk.