Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs), joint efforts between NHS bodies and local government to secure the future of health and care in England, are being undermined by financial pressures, according to CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
In a submission made to the Health Select Committee, CIPFA highlights how a focus on plugging short-term gaps in resources and capacity has meant there has been insufficient concentration on ensuring that STPs achieve their ambitious goals.
CIPFA warns that grappling with short-term financial pressures has led to:
In order for the transformation plans to succeed, CIPFA urges the government to make sure that the necessary resources are available and that the scope of the plans are more realistic.
“STPs are our best shot at making meaningful and lasting improvements to health and social care services. And across the country, many STPs are making a promising start.
“To ensure STPs can reach their full potential, it is important that they are supported by a greater level of resources and that their plans are realistic. Otherwise, the transformation agenda will be jeopardised and services will continue to be at risk.”
Please contact the press office for a copy of CIPFA’s response to the Select Committee on Health’s inquiry into STPs.
CIPFA, in the submission, also made the following recommendations to the government.